Desertec Update

Herdingcats3 Desertec Update

While there are many areas where people may findfault with the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), you cannot faultthem for a lack of ambition.

Back in July 2009, twelve leading European firms announced a grandvision to build massive solar plants in the deserts of the Middle East& North Africa (MENA), with undersea cables transmitting theelectricity back to Europe using high voltage direct current (HVDC).

The plan calls for 100 GW (no, that is not a typo – gigawatts) of concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.

Total cost estimate: €350 billion (which works out to €3.50/W), plus another €50 billion for the required power lines (20 transmission lines of 5 GW each).

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