Genesis Morocco: Future Grid Integration will position Morocco as a Major Energy Hub

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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.

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Future Grid Integration will position Morocco as a Major Energy Hub

A North Sea grid could link into grids proposed for a much larger German-led plan for renewables called the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII). This aims to provide 15% of Europe's electricity by 2050 or earlier via power lines stretching across desert and the Mediterranean. The plan was launched last November with partners including Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, and some of Germany's biggest engineering and power companies, including Siemens, E.ON, ABB and Deutsche Bank. DII is a $400bn (£240bn) plan to use concentrated solar power (CSP) in southern Europe and northern Africa. This technology uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays on a fluid container, the super-heated liquid then drives turbines to generate electricity. The technology itself is nothing new – CSP plants have been running in the United States for decades and Spain is building many – but the scale of the DII project would be its biggest deployment ever.

Sourced : © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

Personal notes : A bridge connecting Africa to Europe through the Gibraltar strait would be a welcome addition to the Tanger Med platform. High voltage cables could run under it

Update 09:39 PM, April 14, 2010 / Not very familiar with storing energy in Hydrogen technology, but if and when it is mature, Tanger Med would become very useful for shipping it worldwide

Update 11:19 PM, April 16, 2010 / High voltage cables could run under it, or a hydrogen pipeline for that matter, providing the user markets with a dual solution, grid to grid or pipe to storage facility