As part of a new national strategy to diversify energy resources, the Algerian government has decided to join the German Desertec project. The project, which will be led by German companies, aims to create an extensive network of wind and solar installations in North Africa and the Middle East within 40 years. Algerian Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab revealed on April 12, that national energy operators had signed a memorandum of understanding with Dii Desert Energy, the operator of the German Desertec project, in early April. According to the minister, the two countries are in the process of signing a final agreement. As of this date, the Desertec project has still not started. For the record, the German solar power mega-project was launched in

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Published on August 11th, by Tina Casey. August 11th, by Tina Casey. A few years ago, the company Desertec made a splash with its ambitious plans to harvest gigawattsful of solar energy from the Sahara Desert and ship it off to solar-thirsty Europe.

London based Nur Energie has just filed a plan with the Tunisian government to export 4. Will it work? Who knows! Adding to the intrigue, Nur Energie specializes in concentrating solar power, a technology that has had its detractors over the years. Nur Energie announced the new solar plan on July 31, after it filed a request with the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy to get the project off the drawing board. According to Nur, 4. It seems that Nur Energie has some factors working in its favor that were not in play when the ambitious Desertec project failed.

However, that was then. Nur Energie is counting on three high voltage DC underwater cables, beginning with that Malta-Sicily connection. The second cable system will link Tunisia to central Italy, with a shoring point North of Rome.

This second cable system has been under development for several years and is currently being evaluated as a Project of Common Interest by the European Community. The third cable seems a bit of a gamble. In a subsidy-free world, we will always be a low cost producer, even when transmission costs are factored in. The concentrating solar power angle is where it gets really interesting. CSP plants are expensive to build and complex to maintain, compared to their photovoltaic cousins CSP typically involves heating a liquid by concentrating solar thermal energy from a wide field of reflectors.

Some energy industry observers are still casting a stinkeye on the technology. Since then, the cost of electricity from photovoltaic solar panels has plummeted to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour compared to 15 to 20 cents for concentrated solar power as materials have gotten cheaper….

In addition, CSP technology has matured since Desertec left the scene. The Energy Department, for example, is still funding next-generation research and the agency is still behind CSP as a key pathway to solar grid integration. The electricity will get to Europe through the existing Malta-Sicily connection. Once laned in Italy, 9,GWh per annum of low carbon dispatchable power will be transported to offtakers in Europe….

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ALGERIA: Towards an agreement with Germany to join Desertec project

All kinds of renewable energy sources are envisioned, but the sun-rich deserts of the world play a special role. There are some parallels between Desertec and the Atlantropa project plan in the s. Atlantropa aimed to integrate Europe and Northern Africa and its electricity grid based on a giant hydro power station at Gibraltar. The overall technocratic approach to strengthen political unity across the Mediterranean Sea via a large-scale infrastructure project has some parallels to Desertec, as well some technical aspects as the idea of fostering a cross-border electricity grid in the region. A major difference lies in the stepwise approach taken by Desertec, which took previous failures of large-scale technical visions into account.


Desertec abandons Sahara solar power export dream

Selwa Calderbank. We abandoned that one-dimensional thinking. In the same month, Dii failed to get the support of the financially-strapped Spanish government for a MW CSP demonstration project in Ouarzazate, Morocco, though the project is still going ahead. It attracted very little funding. They add that the market is already struggling to absorb additional renewable energy capacity. Van Son, who wants Destertec to focus on market synergies, agrees that there is a long way to go before electricity market integration in Europe but argues that that there is a business case to be made.


Clean and dispatchable power for everyone

Another month, another walk-out for Desertec. This time, the hugely ambitious scheme that aims to power Europe via the solar energy generated in the deserts of North Africa, has lost two of its main partners, E. ON and Bilfinger. So where does the project go from here? Such a plan would then obviate the need to rely on oil and gas imports from other parts of the world.


The Desertec Sahara Solar Dream Didn’t Die After All — It’s Baaaack…

At the same time, we can accelerate the energy revolution of the rich world with energy imports from desert regions. We have to promote this development. In our perspective the key to decarbonize the world and fight global warming is the desert — in only six hours deserts receive as much energy from the sun as humankind consumes in a whole year. Therefore we have to purposefully exploit the potential of deserts. 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.

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