Desertec on the Ropes: Competitors and Opponents Threaten Energy Plan

Desertec on the Ropes: Competitors and Opponents Threaten Energy Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2013

The ambitious Desertec plan to supply Europe with solar power from the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East seems to have stalled. It could now be facing even greater problems as competitors arise and local opposition mounts. By Nicolai Kwasniewski more... Comment ]

Quagmire in the Sahara: Desertec's Promise of Solar Power for Europe Fades

Quagmire in the Sahara: Desertec's Promise of Solar Power for Europe Fades

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

As recently as three years ago, many thought that it was only a matter of time before solar thermal plants in North Africa supplied a significant portion of Europe's energy needs. But Desertec has hit a road block. Industrial backers are jumping ship, political will is tepid and a key pilot project has suddenly stalled. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

'Political Leadership Is Missing': A Desertec Founder Laments a Lack of Support

'Political Leadership Is Missing': A Desertec Founder Laments a Lack of Support

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

Desertec, the ambitious plan to supply Europe with vast amounts of solar power from North Africa, has lost its shine. Friedrich Führ, co-founder of the Desertec Foundation, spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about the project's missteps thus far, his disappointment in European politicians and why it is vital that the venture continues. more...

Desertec and Democracy: Arab Spring Boosts Dream of Desert Power

Desertec and Democracy: Arab Spring Boosts Dream of Desert Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2011

Desertec is a multi-billion-dollar energy initiative that hopes to meet Europe's energy needs with solar power from the Sahara. The recent upheavals in North Africa have put the project in question. But many experts argue that the Arab Spring will actually help Desertec's grand vision become reality. By Alison Kilian more... Comment ]

The Dirty Bridge to a Green Future: How Quickly Can Germany Abandon Nuclear Energy?

The Dirty Bridge to a Green Future: How Quickly Can Germany Abandon Nuclear Energy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2011

The new national energy plan unveiled by the German government last autumn is already obsolete in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Berlin now faces the challenge of devising a new mix of fossil and renewable energy sources to prevent the worst effects of climate change. But how quickly can Germany dispense with nuclear power and what will the phase-out really cost? By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung and Christian Schwägerl more... Comment ]

Oettinger on the Energy Summit: EU Commissioner Wants to Fund Super Grid with Euro Bonds

Oettinger on the Energy Summit: EU Commissioner Wants to Fund Super Grid with Euro Bonds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2011

EU leaders meeting in Brussels are discussing the conditions for expanding Europe's internal electricity market. In an interview, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger of Germany discusses his vision for Europe and proposes what might be a surprising method for financing the ambitious project. more...

Pitfalls of Green Energy Revolution: Public Resistance Grows to New 'Monster' Power Masts

Pitfalls of Green Energy Revolution: Public Resistance Grows to New 'Monster' Power Masts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2011

Germany's dream of converting to renewable power generation requires the construction of unsightly new overland power lines carried by masts 80 meters tall. Citizens' groups and local authorities are resisting the projects in a campaign that poses risks for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. By Michael Fröhlingsdorf more... Comment ]

Developing Desertec: European Dream of Desert Energy Takes Shape

Developing Desertec: European Dream of Desert Energy Takes Shape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2010

Can the Sahara Desert really meet Europe's voracious appetite for energy? The Desertec solar power project aims to do just that, but a host of obstacles remain. Overly optimistic expectations are now being scaled down as the project starts to take shape. By Cordula Meyer more... Comment ]

Desertec Dreams: Can Saharan Solar Power Save Europe?

Desertec Dreams: Can Saharan Solar Power Save Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2009

Some say it's a foolish fantasy, others believe it has the potential to save the world from the effects of climate change. The German-led Desertec initiative to build massive solar thermal power plants in the Sahara Desert has both advocates and critics. SPIEGEL ONLINE looks at the current state of play. By Jens Lubbadeh more...

Leaders In Alternative Energy: Germany Turns On World's Biggest Solar Power Project

Leaders In Alternative Energy: Germany Turns On World's Biggest Solar Power Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2009

This week, two of Germany's most important solar energy projects came online -- the second biggest solar power project in the world and one of the first solar thermal "power towers." The projects are part of the country's plan to provide 20 percent of its energy through renewable sources. more...