Assuming a global population of 9 billion people, each using approximately 100 W of power continuously throughout the day, calculate the total land area that would have to be set aside for photovoltaic power generation, assuming 800 W/m2 of incident solar power and a conversion efficiency (sunlight to electricity) of 10%.   The total land area that would have to be set aside for photovoltaic power generation is  km2.

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Assuming a global population of 9 billion people, each using approximately 100 W of power continuously throughout the day, calculate the total land area that would have to be set aside for photovoltaic power generation, assuming 800 W/m2 of incident solar power and a conversion efficiency (sunlight to electricity) of 10%.

 

The total land area that would have to be set aside for photovoltaic power generation is  km2.

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