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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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Desertec: the renewable energy grab? | New Internationalist

Being an apolitical techno-fix, it promises to overcome these problems without fundamental change, basically maintaining the status quo and the contradictions of the global system that led to these crises in the first place.

In addition, the environmental impacts of desalination are considered critical on account of GHG emissions from energy consumption and discharge of brine into the sea. Please support us with a small recurring donation so we can keep it free to read online.

In March Dii, MedgridFriends of the supergrid and Renewables Grid Initiative signed a joint declaration to support the effective and complete integration, in a single electricity market, of renewable energy from both large-scale and decentralised sources, which shall not be played out against each other in Europe and in its neighbouring regions.

Part of the problem is historical distrust. This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat Also, the energy produced will be transmitted through the national grids of the countries envolved, and will be carried to Europ through linked national grids of said countries. For the sake of clarity, it is worth differentiating between the Desertec Foundation and the Desertec Industrial Initiative. Though energy is in demand in North Africa and the Middle East, the money is often not there to support major renewable energy projects.

Dii will promote the project and its financing in the European Union in Brussels as well as in national governments. InFirst Solara producer of thin film solar panels, joined Dii as associated partner. Desertec was led by a similar macro-engineering vision but attempted to start via small-scale steps, which at least partially succeeded. Algeria initiated a unique project in dealing with Hybrid power generation which combines a 25 MW concentrating solar power array in conjunction with a MW combined cycle gas turbine plant Hassi R’Mel integrated solar combined cycle power station.


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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This is a genuine concern given the language used in different articles and publications describing desertrc potential of the Sahara in powering the whole world. Retrieved 18 June RWE confirmed that electricity produced from the Moroccan projects would be for the local market and not for export.

Methods for Plastic Wastes Collection. It was originally envisioned as an export project, but failed to secure Spanish government support for an undersea cable; the project is now promoted as a means for Morocco to increase its own renewable energy supply. Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Contact us.

These latest announcements look like a modern-day scramble for Africa, Kate Osamor writes. Retrieved 21 September Van Son, who wants Destertec to focus on market synergies, agrees that there is a long way to go before electricity market dezertec in Europe but argues that that there is a business case to be made.

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Retrieved 24 June This means that solar thermal power plants in the desert regions are more economical than the same kinds of plants in southern Europe. Fake news is not just a Western problem. Due to the already technically realized transport of electric current over distances of 3, km, the wealth of the prosperous part of the world can be carbon dioxide neutralized and shaped sustainably.

One key question will be the cultural aspect, as Middle Eastern and African nations may need assurance that they will own the project rather than it deeertec imposed from Europe. She argues that an area of kilometres x kilometres the biggest box on the image would be enough to meet the total electricity demand of the world. Prospects in MENA Conventional large-scale desalination is cost-prohibitive and energy-intensive, and not viable for poor countries in the MENA proect due to increasing costs of fossil fuels.

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Morocco, being the largest energy importer in North Africa, is making concerted efforts to reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels. After all, the partners have the expertise, and the Gulf has the funds, the space and the desire.

To come back to the Arab uprisings, Desertec presented itself as a possible way out of the crisisby bringing new opportunities to the region. Archived from the original on 3 February We must not destroy the future of the children with technology of yesterday.

The Ouarzazate solar power station in Morocco for example, with the capacity of MW, will be one of the largest concentrated solar plants in the world. The political negotiations are ongoing. After Ebola — in pictures. He previously worked for Global Justice Now on issues of climate, food and trade justice.

I have a friend in Germany who is a single mother. Clean and dispatchable power for Morocco and its people. The highest solar radiation received on the planet is in the Sahara Desert, under the Tropic of Cancer.

A plan to power Europe from Saharan solar plants seems to have stalled, but several large North African solar projects are still going ahead despite local concerns. Or a lifeline for imperfect but necessary support systems?

Inin the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, he was searching for a potential alternative source of clean energy and arrived at the following remarkable conclusion: Still, the company was a founding member. This is the sunniest year-round area on the planet. Retrieved 23 April New Internationalist is a lifeline for activists, campaigners and readers who value independent journalism.