Rhein on Energy and Climate

DESERTEC Takes Off

July 13 2009 may one day be remembered as the start of a new era in renewable energy development. At that date 12 European finance, engineering and electric companies signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of large-scale solar thermal electricity generation in the Sahara, from which to supply Mediterranean and European countries with solar electricity.

By doing so they took the first concrete step for the realisation of a 30 year old vision of European scientists and engineers. The first stage will consist of feasibility studies exploring the technical and economic feasibility and setting out the steps to be taken for a go-ahead after 2012.

The obstacles in the way are huge.

The most important one is the cost differential between solar thermal and fossil-powered electricity generation. At present, solar thermal electricity costs 2-4 times more than fossil electricity (10- 20 cents against 5 cents). Fossil electricity costs are, however, expected to go up and solar thermal electricity costs to fall, due to rising oil prices and climate policy measures on the one hand and economies of scale for solar power generation on the other.

European climate policy will certainly become a defining factor for the profitability of the project: European power companies will have to supply rising shares of their electricity from non-fossil sources. By 2030 that share should have risen to at least 30 percent. Imported solar electricity will therefore become an increasingly attractive alternative to wind power and carbon capture & storage.

Political considerations will loom large in the project. In view of ensuring an optimal security of supply, the EU should conclude “solar energy partnerships” with interested North African countries. These should define the legal framework under which European operators may be authorised to generate power, build transmission lines etc. Local power companies should be encouraged to join as share holders.

The fees for leasing territory for the power plants and the high–voltage direct current transmission cables should be a matter for direct negotiations between local governments and companies.

Very preliminary estimates put the total amount of investment to some € 400 billion, 10 percent of which for power transmission. That seems a huge amount, but is in fact very moderate figure: the construction will spread over 30 years and solar power from the Sahara may cover 15-20 percent of European/Mediterranean electricity demand in 2040/50.

The launch of DESERTEC should teach us two lessons:

· The transition to a low-fossil energy regime requires policy makers and energy companies to act in very long time horizons.

· Energy companies should prepare in time for the mid-century and start acting now, if they see a reasonable chance of succeeding.

The chances for DESERTEC to succeed are good because experienced engineering companies join hands with major power companies and strong financial institutions. Last not least, the political class supports the project as a major contribution towards emission-free electricity generation.

Brussels 13.07. 09 Eberhard Rhein

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  1. If you have heard talking about the DESERTEC project, you already know that it will cost around 500 billions EUR., its purpose being the creation of electrical power using solar panels. This project is not only highly expensive, but it does not answer to the risks created by the solar explosions or gamma radiations. And that is because both of them destroy the transformers which are necessary for the energy transport. The patents in the attachment have the following advantages:

    1. Concerning the quantity of energy obtained: 1270 kW/h/sq m of chips, a much bigger quantity than the one obtained by the solar panels
    2. These chips may be placed anywhere, creating the energy where it is needed, not being necessary nor the transformers or the thousands of kilometers of high voltage lines that DESERTEC uses in order to bring the electricity from Sahara to Europe.

    The quantity of energy obtained through these patents would make any form of natural gas import disappear, as well as the import of crude oil and steam coal, etc., which may get us out of the actual economic crisis.

    3. The necessary amounts for the final development of these patents are extremely low and the production of these chips may begin in less than 2 years.

    The European Parliament has funds for renewable energies. We would mostly appreciate if, by helping us to develop these chips, in fact you would help the whole humankind not only to get out of this crisis but also to stop any kind of pollution form.

    Kind regards,
    Lucian Cornescu

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  2. – Lucian Cornescu-Ring is a crook.

    – Lucian Cornescu-Ring is an impostor, who has been -long ago- dismissed from Freemasonry.

    -Lucian Cornescu-Ring married in Israel without being divorced in France. He might have done the same thing in Romania now.

    – Lucian Cornescu-Ring borrowed 30,000 $ in US, and was sentenced for never ever have given it back.

    The list of Lucian Cornescu-Ring’s misdeeds is very, very long.

    – Lucian Cornescu-Ring is now trying to swindle the European Parliament !

    In romanian :

    http://www.podulminciunilor.ro/2010/01/13/despre-ilie-carabulea-miliardarul-din-carton-din-sibiu-i/comment-page-1/#comment-11758

  3. Do you, Veritas, believe everything the press says? And do you know this person you are talking about with such negative words? It seems that you know what he wants to do next, that he wants to swindle the European Parliament, are you reading the man’s mind??? Are you a mind reader? This person came up with such a briliant idea, and if this really works, it could save the humankind from one of its worst fears. You should appreciate such initiatives, instead of naming a “crook” a person you don’t even know and who might do to us all a good that it seems you don’t even realize. Grow up!

  4. ATTENTION DANGER ! ! !

    Lucian Eugen Cornescu né Sufrin (alias Ring) est un malade mental (schizophrène), mégalo, menteur pathologique, imposteur et escroc professionnel. Il a été obligé de démissionner de la Franc Maçonnerie par monsieur Marcel Schapira, et n’est par conséquent plus FM, malgré ses simagrées. Il n’a jamais été journaliste de toute sa vie de malfaisant, et par tricheries, malversations et abus de toutes sortes, il a pris la tête d’un… syndicat de journalistes (où il ne sévit plus !). Il ne parle, ne lit, n’écrit aucune langue couramment, et s’il affirme avoir fait des études à part l’école primaire (et encore), il ment sans vergogne ; vérifiez le moindre document ou diplôme qu’il produirait – il ne peut s’agir que de faux, et d’usage de faux. Il est lui-même un faux jeton ignoble et pathétique capable de vous faire les poches…

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