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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006    <<Home

Perspectives on Solaris

At the core of the matter is Morocco's policy and future outlook on energy consumption and production. As things stand currently Morocco is dependant on oil and coal for the major part of its energy needs, with a commendable effort for diversifing into renewable energies mainly hydro and wind.

Solar has so far been almost absent from our energy production portfolio, which is understandable considering the high cost of photovoltaic pannels and their meager returns as well as other technical aspect relating to their limited lifespan and decreased productivity not to mention the equipment costs for a developing country relating to setting up sizable solar farms that can produce cost effective dollar per megawatt.

The vision of Solaris has several underlying elements to it, firstly, we should seek at governmental level a cooperation agreement for the endowment of a renewable energy fund for sustainable development, REFSD.

That fund, to be based on a dollar per dollar basis between the US and Moroccan government, will be responsible for the feasability studies, economical and environmental impact studies thus establishing the nescessary framework for the rolling out of the funds projects identified in its project farm.

One such project, could be Solaris.

Why the US ? Because it has both the means and the technology and is looking forward to the sustainable development of the Moroccan economy as a promising democracy in the north african region.

What about the CEE ? Frankly at this stage, I think the CEE is an empty shell, as the window of opportunity is narrowing for Solaris, I think we would rather deal with an effective and efficient partner. The US has this capacity of rolling out complex programs within a short timeframe.

About SES, within our comprehensive agreement with the Americans, the kingpin should be a deal with SES for the local production of the stirling dishes, with an option on producing the engines, the implied transfer of technology can only be sanctionned by the US government. With due respect of course to all the patents that SES holds.

As I understand it, the current challenge is twofold, first the mass production of the dishes and pertaining research to making them the most efficient possible. The second challenge, which can be jointly addressed by American universities, SES and say Mohamedia des ingenieurs concerns the electronics and computer related aspects of jumpstarting 480 000 dishes in a matter of minutes. We need the hardware, supercomputer, and software to do this.

That will be all for all, more perspectives as they unfold. Between calls.

Insight pertaining to the establishment of the REFSD: Such fund structure could be replicated in other developing countries aiming at reducing their emissions and attaining energetical independance... Just a thought.