Desertec takes first steps

| December 12, 2011 | 1 Comments

The Guardian: The first phase of the ambitious ‘Desertec’ project, which aims to generate enough solar and wind energy from the deserts of North Africa to meet 15% of Europe’s energy needs, is set to get underway early next year with construction of a 50MW solar farm in the deserts of Morocco.

Desertec is a largely German-led initiative, backed by some of the world’s largest blue chip companies, that hopes to build a vast network of solar and wind farms in North Africa, connected to electricity consumers in that region and across Europe by a special network of high-voltage, direct-current transmission cables to cut down transmission losses.

The cost of the project has been put at around estimated at €400bn (£342bn). Read more.

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  1. Jenny says:

    I would like to put in evidence that now also Intesa Sanpaolo and Unicredit, fownlliog Enel Green Power, Terna and Italgen have joined this initiative. Other Italian companies can play an important role in this project such as Archimede, the joint venture of Siemens with Angelantoni Industries that develops receivers for Priolo Garallo (Italy) Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants or Prysmian (ex Pirelli cables) Cables & Systems that can provide the HVDC cables needed to transport the Energy.

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