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Posted on on December 7th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

Last night, in a private conversation Desertec came up and this sent me to look up the internet this morning and found that since the Israeli papers and the Club of Rome article, and things we picked up ourselves back in 2005,  the subject is very much alive and may be doing for the development of countries with arid space more then it is being dreamt up at the UN. In a nut-shell – with eventual loss of oil money income the countries of the desert will turn to exporting the sun and the sooner they start doing this the better off they will be.

Every year, each square kilometre of desert receives solar energy equivalent to 1.5 million barrels of oil. Multiplying by the area of deserts worldwide, this is several hundred times as much energy as the world uses in a year.

There are also significant amounts of wind energy in desert regions (see Sahara Wind).

Less than 1% of the world’s deserts, if covered with concentrating solar power plants, could produce as much electricity as the world now uses.

To bring the topic back to our website – we post here some of the many links we found with google’s help using the word Desertec:

  1. Desertec to start work on first solar plant in 2012 | Reuters…/us-desertec-morocco-idUSTRE79S2912011102…

    29 Oct 2011 – FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Desertec, the world’s most ambitious solar power project, is to start building its first power plant next year, a 500 

  2. Desertec Begins: 500 MW Moroccan Solar in 2012 | Green Prophet

    1 Nov 2011 – I remember when Desertec was dismissed as a wild idea that would never happen, just the pipe dream of the international network of scientists 

    3.  Desertec renewable energy project begins in Morocco, Egypt next (we honestly hope that this one is still in Egypt’s future)
    15 Nov 2011 – Morocco is set to be the starting location for a 400 billion euro renewable energy “Desertec” project. By 2050, the project is intended to satisfy 



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