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Clean power from Africa

By Gerald Ondrey |

Along with other industrial companies, Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; www.siemens.com/energy) is participating in the Desertec initiative to provide sustainable power to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A corresponding Memorandum of Understanding was signed today in Munich. Environmentally friendly power generated at solar thermal power plants in the Sahara and wind farms in North Africa is to be transported to the load centers where the power is needed. A technical and financial concept will be developed. “Desertec is a visionary project that can make a substantial contribution to sustainable power supply in the future energy mix,” stated René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division at Siemens Energy. “The Desertec project unites sustainability, technological competence and visionary entrepreneurship — and precisely these features have been our strong points for more than 160 years. Siemens, with its broad portfolio of components for solar power plants, wind turbines and highly efficient power transmission, is the perfect technology partner for Desertec,” adds Umlauft. The potential is enormous. The earth’s desert regions receive more energy in a mere six hours than mankind…
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