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Saudi oil minister outlines solar future

Kingdom aims to export as much solar energy as oil

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Saudi Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi. Courtesy of AFP/Reuters.
Saudi Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi. Courtesy of AFP/Reuters.

Saudi Arabia is planning to make solar power a major contributor to energy supply in the next five-10 years, according to the Kingdom’s minister for petroleum and mineral resources.

“Saudi Arabia aspires to export as much solar energy in the future as it exports now,” said Ali Al-Naimi, in an interview with Reuters.

The minister added that research currently being conducted at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) would help Saudi Arabia achieve this goal.

Al-Naimia said that KAUST was also looking into cleaning up domestic fuels to reduce emissions, together with carbon capture and sequestration. KAUST will also carry out research into algae for CO2 emissions in the future.

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