Where did the Desertec project go wrong, and can desert solar power yet play a role in a democratic and sustainable future? If you use social. Critics of Desertec questioned the viability of a project to generate GW by at a cost of € billion, and doubts multiplied when. asks, “Where did the Desertec project go wrong, and can desert solar power still play a role in a democratic and sustainable future?” If you use social media, you.

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Archived from the original on 3 February Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Is the country on the brink of a cultural shift? Supporters hailed the Desertec Industrial Initiative as the most ambitious solar energy project ever when it was founded in One of the only ways for countries in the region to build them is through guaranteed exports. Talks with the Moroccan government had been successful and the Dii confirmed their first reference project would be in Morocco.

Without community involvement, there is no guarantee that such schemes will help with alleviating poverty, reducing unemployment or preserving a safe environment.

For all the initial enthusiasm, countries have been hesitant about plunging into a large, cooperative grid in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Investment may prpject required within Europe in a ” supergrid “. Selwa Calderbank updated: Discuss this issue with other readers! If you use social media, you may well have seen a graphic going around, showing a tiny square in the Sahara desert with the caption: Retrieved 17 July The Sahara is described as a vast empty land, sparsely populated; constituting a golden opportunity to provide Europe with electricity so it can continue its extravagant consumerist lifestyle and profligate energy consumption.

There are some parallels between Desertec and the Atlantropa project plan in the s. The project has failed to break ground on a single power plant. Large scale cooperation necessary between the EU and the North African nations the project may be delayed due to bureaucratic red tape and other factors such as expropriation of assets. Wealth and growth, detached from dangerous carbon dioxide emissions, porject are responsible for global warming, are the condition for the survival of humankind.


Archived from the original on 16 March Spanish lines would need to be strengthened, with a view to moving excess electricity to France. By continuing to browse the website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies I agree.

Desertec abandons Sahara solar power export dream

Driven by advances in technology and increases in manufacturing scale and xesertec, the cost of photovoltaics has declined steadily since the first solar cells were manufactured. When Desertec launched init had a long list of corporate shareholders and partners. Retrieved 24 June We must not destroy the future of the children with technology of yesterday. Retrieved January 9, Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia. The Desertec foundation did publish a set of criteria to ensure that large-scale solar projects in desert regions are implemented in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

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Projectt 27 November Siemens cited cost-cutting measures and its withdrawal was consistent with its recent retreat on all things solar. We have a lot of companies in our network.

Rather than embracing such gargantuan projects, we should instead support decentralized small-scale projects that can be democratically managed and controlled by local communities that promote energy autonomy.

Despite its stated ideals about dwsertec Africa, the Desertec foundation is backing the Tunur project in Tunisia, a joint venture between Nur Energy, a British-based solar developer and a group of Maltese and Tunisian investors in the oil and gas sector. The idea eesertec to generate a significant percentage of Europe’s energy needs using solar thermal plants in sunny North Africa and then transmitting that power via an ultramodern grid across the Mediterranean.

They feared the question: Though energy is in demand in North Africa and the Middle East, the money is often not there to support major renewable energy projects. There is also a very large area in excess of 4, h of sunshine annually. Retrieved 22 May DESERTEC Established 20 January Purpose “To provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are at their most abundant.


The Desertec Solar Energy Project Has Run into Trouble – SPIEGEL ONLINE

As an example, the glass troughs solar thermal collectors for North African CSP plants are all made in Germanyand the patents for the glass tube receivers are held by German companies. And Desertec is an order of magnitude larger and more complicated than the offshore wind parks currently under construction in the North Sea. Clean and dispatchable power for Morocco and its people. However, the role of transnational companies in the project is still attracting criticism.

Dii announced it will introduce a roll-out-plan in late which includes concrete recommendations how to enable investments in renewable energy and interconnected power grids. Can this really be true?

Greg Wilpert reports on a country diverse in geography, politics and people. This should, they hope, provide opportunities for prosperity and help protect the climate. These latest announcements look like a modern-day scramble for Africa, Kate Osamor writes. Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material. Despite its stated ideals about powering Africa, the Desertec foundation is backing the Tunur project in Tunisia, a joint venture between Nur Energy, a British-based solar developer and a group of Maltese and Tunisian investors in the oil and gas sector.

The political negotiations are ongoing. The New York Times. An Audience with the Chief.