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Energy from the desert

Posted in energy, sustainability, technology, trends by thenextwavefutures on 16 July, 2009

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When we worked with Foresight last year on their scenarios for the future of Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment,  one of the scenarios, “Green Growth”, described a world where large scale international investment in renewables enabled a transition away from the fossil fuel economy. One of these large projects was the ‘solar desert’, in which solar energy was piped north to Europe from the scenario. Such a project is now being promoted by a German consortium headed by the world’s largest reinsurance company Munich Re. An article in Open Democracy looks at the reasons – and the obstacles.

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