Energy from the desert

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


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.