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    The European Common Market will provide thirteen million dollars for research into harnessing energy from wind power and the sun.

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    The European Common Market will provide thirteen million dollars for research into harnessing energy from wind power and the sun.

    SYNOPSIS: Sun and wind power could become vital factors in providing energy for third world countries, whose need are expected to double by the year 2000. experts say that huge and expensive inter-connected power systems, including nuclear power, will not be in their programmes. Machines and technologies will be designed for the needs of specific countries. One example is this fan-blade machines, built to help trap and retain greater water storages in the Sahara Desert. Expanding desert areas are a growing worry in many third world countries.

    Delegates at a world sun energy conference in New Delhi, India, last year considered its potential among all the practical sources of energy supplies that undeveloped countries will have to look to. Research firms and institutes from all parts of the globe put forward proposals, and showed existing devices for producing solar energy. this theme was revived and deliberated upon at the world economic summit of national leaders in Bonn, the West German capital, earlier this year.

    One of the most important new developments is a seawater desalination plant, which gets its energy from the sun. It was developed by a West German firm, and has been operating successfully in Jordan for more than a year.

    Another innovation has been the subject of multi-national research in Europe. It is the solar tower, shown here in an artist's impression. Reports say that this tower system has moved close to realisation, and would a practical energy source in third world nations.

    This is the headquarters in Brussels of the European Community, whose thirteen million dollar fund will be used to explore all potential energy sources. Its delegates will be considering this subject in coming weeks. In Bonn, the West German parliament is expected soon to approve spending six million dollars on research into special energy projects.

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