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Electricity from the Desert

Ernst Rauch
Munich Re, Germany

The dream of exploiting the high level of solar radiation in the desert regions of the earth as "solar electricity generators" is at least 100 years old. In 2009 twelve industrial enterprises and the non-profit “Desertec” Foundation founded the Munich-based Dii GmbH with the aim of developing this electricity generation concept with partners from science, private investors and industry so that in the next few decades the generation of electricity generation from renewable sources (sun, wind) is significantly extended in the regions of North Africa and the Middle East (MENA). Besides providing electricity for regional needs, the desert concept envisages exporting some of the energy to the consumer centres of industrialised countries.

Lecture in German.

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