Will DESERTEC Sand Up?

Northern Sahara, near the coast of Morocco. Photo: Amru_essam on flickrThe deserts of the world receive more energy from the sun within six hours of one day than humankind consumes within a year. Imagine there was a way to collect, store and transmit all this energy – would both conflicts over limited fossil fuels and excessive emissions of carbon dioxide  soon be things of the past? In 2009, a consortium of twelve European businesses has, together with the DESERTEC Foundation, taken on this vision and has presented an ambitious concept which is supposed to provide sustainable energy for North Africa and Europe.

By Anna Scholz