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DESERTEC - Clean Power from Deserts

24 September 2013

The DESERTEC Concept was developed by a network of scientists, economists and politicians from around the Mediterranean, leading to the creation of the DESERTEC Foundation. It demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are at their most abundant.

The DESERTEC Concept includes all kinds of renewable, but the sun-rich deserts of the world play a special role: "within six hours, deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year". Thanks to heat storage tanks, concentrating solar-thermal power plants in deserts can supply electricity on demand day and night. This makes them an ideal complement to fluctuating energy sources such as wind and photovoltaic power and allows a higher percentage of these variable energy sources to be used in the future electricty mix. DESERTEC is a comprehensive solution that not only aims to cover our increasing energy needs, but also to reduce carbon emissions before global warning soars out of control.

Presented by Falko Schmidt, UK Coordinator, DESERTEC Foundation

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: Falko Schmidt, UK Coordinator, DESERTEC Foundation

Duration: 40 minutes