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11 September 2014

Paul van Son changes to RWE

Paul van Son has informed the shareholders of Dii and the DESERTEC Foundation that he won’t be available as CEO of the industrial initiative Dii beyond 2014.

In an executive position at RWE his new task will be among others to expand the renewable energy and energy efficiency business for RWE in the MENA/Turkey region from its Dubai base. He will, thus, remain closely connected to the desert power idea and Dii. This underlines RWE’s objective to strengthen its commitment to North Africa and the Middle East.

According to our information Dii regrets Paul van Son’s decision, but recognizes that this new professional appointment will contribute substantially to the achievement of the desert power idea in North Africa, the Middle East and Turkey.

A successor will be announced as soon as the Dii shareholders have reached a final decision.

Andreas Huber, DESERTEC Foundation: "Paul van Son and the Dii have achieved a lot for the DESERTEC-Idea. Using the world's deserts as a source of energy is our vision and a huge challenge for humanity. To turn this vision into reality we need a lot of people operating in different fields. We wish Paul van Son all the best for his new tasks at RWE". 

6 September 2014

Hani El Nokraschy advises Egyptian President

Dr. Hani El Nokraschy has been announed as a member of an advisory council to the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 

 

„The Constituion of Egypt is the first constituion of the world, that committs the state to the optimum utilization of renewable energy sources, to stimulate investment in them, and promote scientific research in this field." Born in Egypt, Hani El Nokraschy will dedicate all his energies to these goals.

 

With this announcement Dr. Hani El Nokraschy withdraws from all his formal obligations at the DESERTEC Foundation. As one of the longest supporters of the DESERTEC Vision he acted most recently as Chair of the Board of Trustees to turn vision into reality. 

 

We congratulate Dr. Hani El Nokraschy on his new appointment and are very thankful for his committment to the DESERTEC Vision.

 

 

A win-win-win strategy for ending European energy dependence

The EU should not be depending on one source of energy. An alternative is described in the following article "A win-win-win strategy for ending the European energy" dependence by Kumi Naidoo.

Read the Article: Greenpeace.org

German Minister of Economics already noticed early on the advantages of CSP-technology

In his speech at the European Neighbourhood Conference 2007, Sigmar Gabriel endorsed the development of solar-thermal power plants in southern Europe and northern Africa. He went on to describe Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) as “ground-breaking” and said that CSP-technology “could play an important role in securing a sustainable European energy supply.” Click the link to read Gabriel’s speech on “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the European Neighbourhood Policy.

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HT Leadership Summit: Interview with Dr. Ignacio Campino

Follow the link to see an exclusive interview given by Dr. Ignacio Campino, director of the DESERTEC Foundation, at the 2013 Hindustan Times Leadership Summit:

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3 July 2013

Press review (German)

A review of - German - articles published about the fact DESERTEC Foundation leaving the Dii

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17 April 2013

DESERTEC Foundation presents its criteria...

After several years of development, the DESERTEC Foundation today releases a set of criteria that ensure the social and environmental responsibility of large solar projects in desert regions. With this step, the foundation offers practical measures to achieve one of the cornerstones of the DESERTEC Concept: ensuring through that local people benefit from the development of concrete renewable energy projects.

Read the article on paneuro.net
11 April 2013

How successful is the DESERTEC Project?

In this recent Blogpost Prof. Pitz-Paal from the DLR (German Aerospace Center) gives a personal view on the DESERTEC project. He points out that DESERTEC is not an idea to mainly produce energy for Europe but the DLR rather expects great advantages for the countries in northern Africa itself. 

Read the Blogpost in German. 

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26 March 2013

Desert Power Promotes Global Energy Transition

In the United Arab Emirates, the world’s largest CSP plant begins operations.

 

The 100-Megawatt power station Shams-1 will provide electricity to thousands of households and lead to an annual CO2 savings of 175,000 tons. “Projects like Shams-1 move us forward along the path to emissions-free power production and represent a big step toward the realization of the Desertec vision. With desert power, the Middle East and North Africa will play an important role in this process, and Europe should recognize the contribution that its neighbors in this region are making. It’s time to connect the European, North African and Middle Eastern electricity markets in order to improve our energy mix. This is the only way to ensure the availability of renewable energy under the best conditions. Europe profits from this as well”, says Dii CEO Paul Van Son.

24 March 2013

Spring is coming

An almost spring-like spirit of optimism currently prevails in the world of renewable energy. The various developments around the DESERTEC concept make us all hopeful, as the ideas’ implementation is truly gaining momentum.


No sooner the groundbreaking collaboration with DESERTEC Power in Saudi Arabia was accomplished than the newest reports from there give account of a technical milestone: The PFFC technology (Point Focus Fresnel Collector) is another technology in the spectrum of solar energy generation bringing many advantages. PFFC actually works quite simple: rows of flat mirrors are used that follow the path of the sun. Thus the insolation is being focused on the same area at any time of the day, guaranteeing maximum efficiency. We are talking about a “mini-tower power plant”, if you will, which might be of interest for small and decentralized applications just as well.


Somewhere else on the globe new insights are being gained on the subject of the “Global Grid", a world-spanning power supply network. Researchers at the ETH Zurich found that the transmission costs in a global network of suppliers of solar, wind and water energy will not be higher than for electricity generated from conventional power plants. This invalidates a key argument of the critics of suchlike approaches and concepts. And yet another prejudice gets tackled: energy from renewable sources does not necessarily have to be more expensive! Australia just announced that supply from renewable sources is already on a par with conventional energy production there.


The bottom line is clear: Spring is coming slowly, but sustainably.

30 January 2013

2 New wind turbines installed

These two wind turbines aren’t any turbines; these wind turbines set new standards: Measuring a staggering 120m in diameter and 148m high, the Siemens six megawatt generators will be able to produce more energy than any other. After all the media coverage of the crisis resistant wind energy sector, great European installation rates and a prosperous outlook, the installation of these two turbines is the next technological step in the large scale rollout of offshore wind power. The two turbines have been installed in Gunfleet Sands, UK.

Read the article: eadt.co.uk
29 January 2013

Wind Power Now the 3rd Largest Source of Energy

The Chinese wind energy sector has been continuously growing and steadily increasing its share in the national grid. Wind power generation in China totaled 100.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2012, surpassing nuclear power generation. China had 60.83 GW of installed wind power capacity online as of year-end 2012, according to the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA). A national target calls for 100 GW of installed capacity by the end of 2015.

Read the article: cleantechnica.com
28 January 2013

Germany and Tunisia agree on energy partnership

The German Minister for Economy and Technology, Phillip Rösler and his Tunisian counterpart, Ridha Saidi, have agreed to collaborate in energy issues. Focal points of the partnership include among others close cooperation on efficiency, further bilateral scientific research and the political collaboration on renewable projects included in the DESERTEC Vision. The agreement with Tunisia is the second German energy partnership with a North African country. The North African country offers great conditions for wind and especially solar projects such as the TuNur project which is currently under construction.

(German) Read the press release: bmwi.de
28 January 2013

Offshore wind energy’s increasing capacities

The European Wind Energy Association has released a review of the European offshore wind energy sector in 2012. The offshore energy market steadily grew and 369 turbines have been erected during the last year. Of these 369 turbines, 293 turbines in 9 wind farms, with an average of 4 MW have been connected to the grid. Especially the North Sea has established itself as a favored destination for construction of offshore power.

Read the report: ewea.org
25 January 2013

Call for tenders in Ouarzazate, Morocco

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has launched the next phase for the Ouarzazate CSP Project. Masen is currently implementing a five hundred megawatts (500MW) solar power complex located at Ouarzazate, Morocco. The next phase of the project will have an aggregate capacity of approximately 300MW, split up into a solar power tower of 100MW and 200MW of Parabolic Trough technology. Masen invites interested companies and consortia to apply for the next phase of construction.

Read the article: csptoday.com
24 January 2013

Lack of coherent policy

The Midwest in the United States has a great potential for the large scale rollout of renewable energies. Not only is the potential to harness the wind unmatched but also there a plenty of research universities, strong supply chains and a high level of manufacturing know-how. A report released states that hurdles to an expanded U.S. clean-energy sector include a lack of a national clean-energy standard and longstanding tax breaks for oil, gas and coal producers. As soon as these and other issues are addressed, they could spur billions of dollars of economic activity. The wind energy industry is at a tipping point in the United States and globally. Investment is on the rise, prices for clean energy are falling, and more and more clean energy is being deployed.

Read the article: midwestenergynews.com
23 January 2013

First Hybrid Solar-Biomass Power Plant in Spain

A 22.5 MW hybrid biomass-solar thermal power plant has begun operations in Les Borges Blanques, Spain. The facility combines solar power generation and biomass-fired power generation in a way that allows for continuous electrical production. The biomass portion of the facility takes in forestry waste as its primary feedstock. By usage of forestry waste the plant avoids the ethical problem of food vs. energy and therefore lives up to the DESERTEC sustainability standards.

Read the article: biomassmagazine.com
22 January 2013

300 MW Wind Power Go Online in Canada

In Canada’s province Quebec, EDF Energies has announced the commercial operation of the Massif du Sud Wind Project (150 MW) and the first phase of the Lac Alfred Wind Project (150 MW). With a combined investment of close to $700 million, the projects together created more than 600 jobs during the construction phase, and will provide 20-30 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. Hydro-Quebec will buy the power under 20-year power purchase agreements.

Read the press release on: edf-en.ca
21 January 2013

Two Focus Regions Collaborate

Energy ministers from South American and Arab countries have made renewable energy a top priority for cooperation between the two regions. The two regions have very different energy-prerequisites. While South American countries have a large share of hydropower, the Arab countries experience extreme scarcity. Both regions have in common that their renewable energy potential remains largely untapped (despite South American hydropower). Both regions have high potential to develop renewable energy.

Read the article: irena.org
21 January 2013

Averting Climate Change May Cost

Up to 700bn US$ a year, according to a report released on behalf of the World Economic Forum. This is the sum required to be invested in clean technologies. This sum is needed in addition to the $5 trillion a year countries must spend on infrastructure for agriculture, transport, power and water through 2020. “The G20 governments must accelerate the phasing-out of fossil-fuel subsidies, enact long-term carbon price signals, enable greater free trade in green technologies, and expand investment in climate adaptation,” the report said.

Read the article: bloomberg.com
17 January 2013

More Water for Abu Dhabi

Energy utility Masdar will begin a pilot project to desalinate water using power from renewable sources with the aim of building a full-scale plant by 2020. Masdar and its partners will test different technologies at the plants through 2015, with the aim of starting construction on a commercial desalination facility in 2016, he said. The full-scale facility may have capacity to treat 50 million to 100 million gallons of water a day.

Read the article: bloomberg.com
16 January 2013

A Green Future for Australia

According to the Energy Research Institute of the University of Melbourne, Australia could, energy wise, be self-sufficient within ten years. About 40 percent of Australian renewables could come from wind farms, but key to the success of the project is the empty landscape and the almost constant solar power of the interior. Solar power would be produced by many buildings, but most power would come from vast towers containing energy storage systems (Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology) According to the study and taking into account the assumption that electricity demand will be 40 percent higher than today, in 2020 it would still be possible to achieve 100 percent renewable generation. A total switch to renewable electricity would cost 3 percent of Australian GDP annually, about A$37 billion (US$39 billion), for 10 years, and an added 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour on the electricity price.

Read the article: dailyclimate.org
15 January 2013

Europeans demand more renewable energy

A large majority of Europeans (79%) think that the EU should propose additional measures to address air quality-related problems in Europe. A major survey carried out for the European Commission has fetched data suggesting that European citizens don’t feel fully represented by ‘EU-air-policies’. Against the backdrop of the rapid development of shale gas in the United States and the discussions in some EU-Member-Countries the findings highlight the trust European citizens have in the further rollout of renewable energies. Seven out of ten Europeans, for example, think renewable energy sources should be prioritized now and in all 27 countries, renewable energy is the most mentioned energy option to be prioritized now with a view to the next 30 years.

Read the findings here
15 January 2013

German Minister for the Environment works on “Coalition of the Willing“

The German Minister for the Environment, Peter Altmaier, is pushing his vision for a coalition of states at the Renewable Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi. The German shift to renewable energies is being scrutinized very careful by other nations and Altmaier’s hope is that the success will stand an example for other nations. Through a coalition, a transnational example of the large scale deployment of renewable energies will be set and can have an inspirational effect on others. Furthermore he doesn’t tire in highlighting the fact that renewable energies will not only have an effect on climate and environment but are an integrated solution with a currently underestimated economic effect for each country.

(German) Read the article on: tagesschau.de
15 January 2013

US Clean Energy Investment in 2012

have decreased in comparison to 2011 but still remain on a very high level. According to a report released on Monday overall investment was $269 billion; down from $302 billion in 2011 but still the second highest level ever. The sum is split up into various parts; the largest of these was asset finance of utility-scale renewable energy projects, such as wind farms, solar parks and biofuel plants. Considering the political headwinds the industry has experienced in the past year the industry has, once again, proven its future viability.

Read the article on: thehill.com
14 January 2013

UK Tidal Power could generate up to 20%

Despite high costs, experts say tidal power is more reliable than wind. An analysis says that estuary barrages and tidal streams could provide more than 20% of the nation's demand for electricity. The predictable nature of tides makes them an ideal renewable energy source. Essentially, engineers try to tap tides in two ways: one involves building barrages across tidal estuaries that use the ebb and flow of the waters to turn turbines - a major project of this type had been proposed for the River Severn. The other method involves planting turbines underwater in fast flowing tidal streams in areas such as in coastal waters around Cornwall and Scotland. In the past month, the EU has announced funding in the region of £30m for two UK tidal projects. Investors in tidal technology are currently rewarded with a payment of £40 per MWh.

Read the article on: bbc.co.uk
10 January 2013

Private Companies Investing in Renewable Technologies

Technology giants Apple and Google have both announced investments in renewable energy projects, focusing largely on wind energy. Google made an approximate $200m equity investment in the Spinning Spur Wind Project, a 161 megawatt facility located in Oldham County, Texas. Meanwhile, Apple put forward plans to develop a wind turbine that converts rotational energy into heat, which is then used to generate electricity. The companies aim to cover all energy expenses by large investments in the green technology sector.

Read the article on: edie.net
09 January 2013

32% Share of Renewables in Spain

Despite draconic austerity measures the renewable energy sector still has supplied 32% of Spanish electricity in 2012. The Red Electrica de Espana (REE) figures also confirm the emergence of solar-thermal technology, which last year provided 1% of Spain’s electricity. That compares to 3% for PV and 7% for hydropower. The further rollout of renewables has met serious obstacles, due to the financial debt crisis. While the overall electricity production became dirtier, renewables have managed to stay the largest source of energy in the country with yet a massive potential left unused.

Read the article on: rechargenews.com
08 January 2013

More German Solar Power in 2012

More Solar power than ever before was installed in Germany last year. According to the BMU installations increased by 2% compared to 2011, translating in to 7,634 MW in 2012. This means that installations doubled the expected goals set at the start of the year. The expansion in installed capacity and relatively good weather during 2012 had resulted in a record 28 terawatt hours of solar electricity being generated during the year.

Read the article on: businessgreen.com
07 January 2013

Energy Storage to Ensure Grid Stability

By 2025, 15% of the American population will live in California, up from just over 11% today. By 2050 the population will hit 55 million, requiring roughly double the amount of energy as the state consumes at the moment. Smart grids that can match supply and demand intelligently will no doubt solve part of this problem. California will also need a lot more energy storage before it can significantly embrace solar power, including CSP. Besides there are a number of other energy storage initiatives across the state; this increasing focus on storing power could help raise the profile of CSP with storage as a unique form of dispatchable renewable energy.

Read the article on: social.csptoday.com
04 January 2013

First Solar Thermal Plant on South American Soil

This is the first operational solar thermal plant in South America, and it’s located in the Antofagasta region of Chile. Compared to other solar thermal power (CSP) plants its capacity of 10 MW doesn’t seem that much at all, but thanks to energy storage technologies the plant can deliver electricity every hour of the day. It’s located in the heart of Chiles mining area and will provide electricity for the mine Minera El Tesoro. Many experts see this project as the beginning of the extensive rollout of renewable energies in the region which offers outstanding geographic preconditions to harness renewable technologies. Especially the dry and hot Atacama Desert in Chile allows large scale deployment of solar thermal technologies.

Read the article on: cleantechnica.com