Genesis Morocco: DESERTEC, Knowledge transfer between Morocco and Germany

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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.

Friday, September 30, 2011    <<Home

DESERTEC, Knowledge transfer between Morocco and Germany

Personal Notes :  DESERTEC people are busy making of their vision a reality, the added value they can bring is pretty obvious, know how and capital. Aside from greenish thoughts DESERTEC has the potential to generate billions of Euros for its investors and to do so in a sustainable way. It seems that in the uncertain economic climate, people are very willing to put their money in renewables, and to do so asap, they are after all tangible assets and not fancy financial vehicles. The price of energy might fluctuate, upwards actually since demand is going nowhere but up, so the return is almost guaranteed, a very rare commodity nowadays. 

A very laudable initiative by the Germans, one of the sticking points of developing countries collaboration framework with developed countries has always been, and remains, technology and know how transfer. 

Undoubtedly it has the potential to reduce investment costs domestically, rather than relying of foreign currency denominated equipment and expertise imports. To be followed.  

A new university degree program is being funded with more than 3 million euros by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, and additional support from the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Eu. RE-Generation MENA will initiate master degree programs in renewable energy, training technical personnel in a way that helps the young people of North Africa benefit from the enormous scaling up of solar power that Desertec will bring.

The project aims at consolidating through knowledge-transfer Moroccan expertise in the field of renewable energies. is a co-operation between Morocco and the German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Called “WEREEMa”,

"Morocco is ideal for the implementation of the Desertec concept," said Dr. Meriem Rezgaoui, Moroccan Project Manager at the Desertec Foundation. "Morocco is one of the most stable countries in the region. In response to the Arab Spring, the King did not rely on confrontation but on far-reaching reforms. In addition, the country already has plans in place to invest several billion Euros to create jobs and reduce dependency on imported fossil fuels by greatly expanding its renewable energy production. Crucially, a transmission line linking the Moroccan and Spanish power grids, already exists. This means, in a few years, renewable energy generated in Morocco could begin to flow to Europe, as well as meeting the country’s own needs.”

The "WEREEMa" project is funded by the European Union and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety to the tune of 3 million Euro. The Moroccan Energy Agency will contribute another 600,000 Euro. The project was initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig-Holstein. Under the lead of the Schleswig-Holstein Investment Bank, the Desertec Foundation, the research network CEwind, the University of Flensburg, the Center of Excellence for Biomass Utilization in Kiel and the Moroccan Energy Agency (ADEREE) are working together to create the foundations for the implementation of Desertec in Morocco. The project will provide institutional support for the Moroccan Energy Agency and the state grid operator. Furthermore, the project will establish master degree programs in cooperation with German universities and provide training for technical personnel. At the same time, German entrepreneurs will gain the expertise and know-how to operate in the renewable energies sector in Morocco.

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