Humankind is facing enormous challenges: as the planet’s population rises and the industrialization of developing countries accelerates, global energy demand continues to climb. At the same time, increases in carbon emissions bring the threat of runaway climate change and a drastic reduction in the earth’s capacity to support human life ever closer.
The DESERTEC Concept offers a solution
It demonstrates how to combat climate change, ensure a reliable energy supply and promote security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are most abundant.
All kinds of renewables will be used in the DESERTEC Concept, in centralized and decentralized solutions alike, but the sun-rich deserts of the world play a central role: within six hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year. In addition, 90 percent of the world’s population lives within 3,000 km of deserts. This means that DESERTEC‘s ideas can be applied across the world by using low loss HVDC transmission.
From vision to reality
With around 30 staff members and country coordinators and a large global community of supporters, the DESERTEC Foundation is active around the world, accelerating the global implementation of the DESERTEC Concept:
- It informs civil society and politicians about DESERTEC,
- Promotes the establishment of necessary framework conditions,
- Supports knowledge transfer and scientific co-operation,
- Fosters exchange and co-operation with the private sector and
- Evaluates and initiates projects that could serve as models.
Focus region EU-MENA (Europe, the Middle East and North Africa)
So far, the DESERTEC Foundation has already made significant progress in the Mediterranean region. Through projects in Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, and the DESERTEC University Network, it supports knowledge transfer and educational cooperation. It fosters exchange and cooperation with the private sector for example with the foundation of the industrial initiative Dii GmbH. Read more
DESERTEC in Greater East Asia
We believe that by harnessing clean power from deserts, Greater East Asia can take a leading role in the fight against global warming. We are currently establishing contact with politicians, economists and scientists throughout this region, in order to promote the implementation of the necessary political framework conditions. Read More