Genesis Morocco: Proof of concept : Its happening in Qatar.

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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, November 25, 2009    <<Home

Proof of concept : Its happening in Qatar.

Qatar plans to spend as much as $1bn on a solar-powered water desalination plant that will support the country’s agricultural industry, the chairman of a recently formed government body said.

“We will build a desalination plant to serve the agricultural industry in Qatar,” Fahad al-Attiyah, chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP), told Zawya Dow Jones in a phone interview yesterday. “The energy that will be generated to desalinate water will be from renewable technology such as solar energy,” al-Attiyah said.

The desert state, where summer temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius, has limited natural water resources of its own.

The QNFSP has yet to complete the plant’s engineering before being able to determine its final cost.

“It could be $1 million or a $1 billion—we are still waiting,” Al Attiya said.

“We aim to utilize technology by moving crops from open fields to protected agriculture such as green houses which gives you a lot more production,” he added.

Currently only 10 percent of land in Qatar is used for agricultural purposes.

Source : Gulf Times

// Personal notes : Congratulations to our brother state Qatar, engineering this plant will open ventures to convert non arable lands for agricultural use. Micro irrigation will allow for maximum resource efficiency. The main cost of desalination will be slashed through the use of renewable energy. Thats the very essence of Project Genesis right there.

Saudi Arabia has also huge potential with its Rubr Al Khali, that immense expense of desertic land can someday bloom thanks to the Project Genesis cycle.

As discussed on a previous post Project Genesis cycle can also help solve definitely the israelo arab conflict by allowing for a sustainable human colonisation of the Neguev desert. After all the conflict is about land, so there, plenty of land in the Neguev.