Desertec plan for solar parks in Africa is falling apart




The seventeen organizations behind Desertec have pulled the plug from the large-scale project for solar energy. Only three parties put a smaller initiative based on Desertec forth. It was on paper, one of the largest solar projects worldwide.

The companies have their cooperation in the Desertec initiative terminated during a meeting in Rome. Among the companies that their hands of the project subtraction are Deutsche Bank and MunichRe. The only parties that pursue a small-scale initiative to preserve the accumulated expertise, according to the German newspaper Süddeutsche energy company RWE, the Saudi company Acwa Power and the Chinese State Grid. Siemens pulled itself back sooner.

In Rome 35 organizations could not agree on the future of the project in total and there was already months too little incentive to define a new direction. The office of Desertec in Munich is closed.

Desertec was ambitious and extensive project for the construction of numerous power plants based on solar thermal energy, which should appear. Along the North African coast and in parts of the Middle East There would also be an intercontinental electricity network of thousands of kilometers of high-voltage cable should appear. Based on DC At the start , the costs were estimated at EUR. 400 to 500 billion The project would be completed in 2050, and then provided. 15 percent of European electricity demand

Pilot projects in Africa, little came, the unrest in Arab countries made the future uncertain and Europe lost many parties their interest because a surplus rather than a shortage of energy by the increase in local wind and solar energy projects.


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