Genesis Morocco: Making news as far as Korea, and shopping for batteries

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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.

Thursday, October 6, 2011    <<Home

Making news as far as Korea, and shopping for batteries

Concentrix CPV Module. Schneider / Soitec

Personal Notes : I have had the occasion to touch upon the cooperation between Morocco and Korea in a post untitled What to expect of the Koreans. It is a very welcome development that this cooperation is now reaching out to the renewable energy field. Were talking batteries, we made the choice of CSP because it uses heat storage, heat storage is cheaper then electricity storage. 

A move towards acquiring electrical storage capability i.e batteries, signals the will of Masen to move beyond CSP and explore other technologies, units that can be plugged directly to the grid. One such technology is American. SES Stirling SunCatcher units deliver the most efficient solution on the market right now.  I covered it in length in this blog for several reasons, firstly because it can be rolled out in large numbers and in a very reasonable time, secondly each unit installed can be immediately plugged to the grid and starts delivering from day one, and lastly because it doesn't require water cooling, so we implement it in territories remote the sea, deep into the desert. But why is SES Stirling absent from the shortlist for the Ouarzazate solar project, when they claim to have the best technology ?

SES Stirling SunCatcher Units

I think I have the answer to that, it is also I believe the most expensive. I know we like to live in a lean budget but its not an obstacle. Morocco should pursue such leading technologies, and incentives could be put on the table such as a participation in the project. Or SES Stirling passed upon the opportunity, in that case we will see how long it can afford to do so in the future if they want to truly go global.

At any rate, it is quite significant to see that the Moroccan Solar Initiative makes headlines as far as Korea. And looking forward to find out why Bakkoury wants batteries for, certainly not for CSP, maybe for this ? Yes, Concentrix CPV is a German variant of CPV, a technology in direct competition with that of SES Stirling and that has the same attributes as described above. The good news is that there's still time for SES Stirling to compete on the Moroccan market, as Morocco seeks to diversify its solar technologies array as well as expertise.Its the next phase of evolution for the Moroccan Solar Initiative. 

2011-09-18 18:33

Chartering through the renewable energy sector has become a necessity for many countries.

For Morocco, it is a matter of survival and one that might be beneficial to the country’s development.

Like Korea, Morocco imports most of its energy and when the price of crude oil breaks records, the economy of Morocco suffers a tremendous blow.

“This is a great challenge for us,” said Mustapha Bakkoury, president of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy.

“Our objective is to double our necessary capacity,” he said. “This is for our future economic development and it has to be based on respecting environmental standards as well.”

President of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy Mustapha Bakkoury. (Yoav Cerralbo/The Korea Herald)

Morocco started developing its renewable energy sector in the 1960s with hydroelectric dams, then in the 1990s, Morocco moved ahead with the development of wind energy.

Now, Morocco is suffering from the same problems many countries suffer, a high energy demand during peak hours and high oil prices. 

But the North African country does not believe in just waiting to see how technology will advance in the renewable energy sector, it is taking advantage of friends in other countries like Korea to develop new technologies that will help fuel the energy consumption of tomorrow.

“The idea is to be a player in this sector, a lot of countries are investing in research and development in this sector,” he said.

Spain and Germany have made leaps and bounds developing new technologies used to manufacture renewable energy. The United States is also playing its card while new movers such as Korea, India, South Africa and Australia are also looking to the future.

“Morocco is one of these pioneers in this field,” Bakkoury said.

Concerning Korea, Bakkoury explained that both countries are looking to find the best way to move ahead.

“There is a lot of research going on now for large scale battery storage. We could develop that together but storage will be a real issue for the future for all the countries who want to develop this sector,” he noted.

Morocco is looking to increase its production of solar energy to 2,000 megawatts by 2020, a giant leap considering that the most being produced at the moment is 900 megawatts in Spain and the United States.

Bakkoury explained that this goal could be achieved by utilizing the Sahara Desert.

“There will be solar panels peppered throughout the Sahara,” he said.

In the world of diplomacy, 2020 is a magic year for many countries especially those in the European Union who are planning to cut greenhouse gases by 20 percent.

“Europe has a large potential of wind but the energy generated from these plants is not enough to meet their 20 percent reduction,” he said. “So our intention is to develop projects where we can export that energy to Europe.”

By Yoav Cerralbo (