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Energy»Using the Sahara Sun to Power Europe

»Wednesday, November 4,2009

Known as the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DDI), the German-led consortium consists of some of country's biggest engineering and power companies, along with Munich Re, the largest reinsurer in the world.

Since the project was first announced in July, the DII has gained support from a wide variety of political and governmental institutions in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

The DDI believes it can deliver solar power to Europe as early as 2015. It aims to provide 15% of Europe's electricity by 2050 or earlier via power lines stretching across the desert and Mediterranean Sea.

The solar technology involved is known as concentrated solar power, (CSP) which uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays on a fluid container. The super-heated liquid then drives turbines to generate electricity.

The technology is not new, but it is the scale of the Desertec initiative which is a first, along with plans to connect North Africa to Europe with new high voltage direct current cables which transport electricity over great distances with little energy loss.

Information for this article was obtained from the Desertec Foundation and Guardian.co.uk via Environmental Health News. More information about the project can be found here: http://www.desertec.org/en/

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I note in your article that Middle East, North Africa and Europe were the only areas mentioned. What about the rest of Africa? In case the consortium is not aware, Sahara Desert is in Africa - not the Middle East or Europe. It beggars belief that these people are always ready, willing and able to rape and strip Africa of what resources it has without any conscience.
Louisa Amaka - Thursday, November 5,2009
I note in your article that Middle East, North Africa and Europe were the only areas mentioned. What about the rest of Africa? In case the consortium is not aware, Sahara Desert is in Africa - not the Middle East or Europe. It beggars belief that these people are always ready, willing and able to rape and strip Africa of what resources it has without any conscience.
Louisa Amaka - Thursday, November 5,2009
I applaud this effort. My company is intent to commercialize a powerblock ("RET") which can improve the net efficiency of CSP and/or Geothermal systems. RETs can be scaled as well, for "personal" to roof top sized solar thermal systems. We may start in Latin America. Sannerwind@gmail.com
Jay Rosenberg - Wednesday, November 4,2009
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