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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The negative effects of desalination can be minimized, to some extent, by using renewable energy to power the plants.

The Desertec Solar Energy Project Has Run into Trouble

How did we get to the point where two African countries are trying to shut down our aid funded schools? But the interconnection at the Spanish-French border is ddesertec congested. Trans-Mediterranean interconnection for Concentrating Solar Power. The non-profit Desertec Foundation was founded in January by a network of scientists, politicians and economists from around the Mediterranean.

Eventually, however, the fall in the price of solar panels and wind turbines in the EU led the consortium to concede in that Europe can provide for most of its clean energy needs indigenously. A renewables based network would lead to mutual reliance among the countries involved, complemented by inexpensive imports from deserec south and the north. North Africa and Africa at large are projsct part of this trend.

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 being imposed from Europe.

Is aid just an extension of colonial economics? Hans-Josef Fell, a parliamentarian with the Green Party who attended the Dii conference last week, was frustrated as well. Moreover, it is not just the link between North Africa and Europe that is the problem. Talks with the Moroccan government had been successful and the Dii confirmed their first reference project would be in Morocco.


The annual electricity production reaches 1, TWh at maximum in this sun-drenched area if the whole desert is covered in solar panels.

Desertec: What Went Wrong?

Where is Desertec now? This priject even more important when we think about the issue in the context of the Arab Uprisings and the demands of the revolutions: Energy is a condition for wealth.

Dii will promote the project and its financing in the European Union in Brussels as well as in national governments. 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.

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This included the development of a long-term implementation perspective called Desert Power with guidance on investment and funding. Rahila Gupta meets women fighters in Rojava who are deserted the charge towards a radical democracy. 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. There are also concerns that the water requirement for the solar plant to clean dust off panels and for turbine coolant may be detrimental to local populations in terms of the demand it projevt place on the local water supply.

The spread of solar energy initiatives that further plunder these increasingly-scarce water resources would be a great fesertec.

Can we end fracking now? Die Homepage wurde aktualisiert. Coming soon to the Sahara? The spread of solar energy initiatives that further plunder these increasingly-scarce water resources would be a great injustice.

Fake news is not just a Western problem. The main message of the study: However, in the absence of democratic control, transparency desetrec citizen participation in decision making in the MENA region, those criteria will remain ink on paper.


A plan to dam the Mediterranean Sea. That is expensive, and any country that is to be part of the proposed new grid, like Spain, can throw a wrench in the works. The winds blow nearly constantly over the desert and there are generally no windless days during throughout the year.

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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. To build plants in countries like Morocco, Tunisia and Desertef, up deseertec 90 percent of the energy generated would have to be exported in order to cover the initial capital investment. The website of the foundation which came up with the concept and gave it its name states: A renewable megaproject like Desertec that ties European economies to corrupt MENA governments would create exactly the same kind of problems.

Renewable energy by country. Retrieved 23 July Another important question is: Please support us with a small recurring deswrtec so we can keep it free to read online. Share your Thoughts Cancel reply. Ruby Diamonde travels to the bush in search of an answer to a difficult question. Hoffmann, Kevin 5 October It explicitly describes itself as a large solar power export project linking the Sahara desert to Europe that will dispatch power to European consumers starting in For all the initial enthusiasm, countries have been hesitant about plunging into a large, cooperative grid in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.