Great wall of solar panels to mitigate yellow dust storm

David Y.H. Pui, Junji Cao, Zhisheng An, Jing Wang

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Mitigation of the large scale yellow dust storm is a serious problem facing China. We propose the approach of building windbreak walls equipped with solar panels in the proximity of dust origins. The solar panels generate electricity in the sunny days; the walls break the wind and remove airborne dusts based on the impactor principle during wind storms. Preliminary calculation indicates the walls may be able to remove the major fraction of the airborne dusts and the generated electricity could be significant. More detailed studies are needed to prove the feasibility of the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-150
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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  • Dust storm
  • Mitigation
  • Solar panels
  • Sustainable development
  • Windbreak


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