Is Desertec dead?

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The idea of the EU getting a large chunk of its electricity from unstable North African countries always seemed to be a non-starter. Electricity always has to be available, and unlike oil if you have a juiceline coming from a country that suddenly erupts into civil war you are in more than a bit of trouble. You can’t simply order electricity from somewhere else.  Relying on Islamist fanatics to pipe down for a few decades so that the EU can avoid blackouts always seemed to be a rather strange form of energy policy.

And today the CEO of Desertec seems to have abandoned the dream of North African solar powering the EU. Quoted by Euroactiv, he says:

“If we talk about renewable energy from North Africa, only a small fraction will ultimately supply the European market.”

“Frankly, four years ago Desertec was all about bringing energy from North Africa. We abandoned that one-dimensional thinking. It’s now more about creating integrated markets in which renewable energy will bring its advantages … That’s the main objective.”

This is rather delightful corporate babble, translating roughly as “Desertec is dead,” and a mere restatement of the inevitable and the obvious.

Now, how is that similar scheme to plaster Siberia with wind farms doing?


One thought on “Is Desertec dead?

    unclepete said:
    June 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I am proud to say that it is on record That I predicted this would happen over 3 years ago. It ain’t gonna happen.


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