Post by Comrade Breuning on Jul 31, 2015 4:48:36 GMT -5
DESERTEC was a large scale project supported by a foundation of the same name and the consortium Dii (Desertec industrial initiative) created in Germany as a limited liability company (GmbH). The project aimed at creating a global renewable energy plan based on the concept of harnessing sustainable power from sites where renewable sources of energy are more abundant and transferring it through high-voltage direct current transmission to consumption centers. 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 1920s. Atlantropa aimed to integrate Europe and Northern Africa and its electricity grid based on a giant hydro power station at Gibraltar.
The runtime of the project preparations saw a significant enhancement of the role of renewable energies in the Middle East and North Africa. However by 2014, 47 of the 50 initial shareholders had left the consortium, which will be continued on a much smaller scale.