Renewable Energies in the MENA Region: Potential for Sustainable Energy Provision and Export to Europe (2008)

This is a presentation delivered by Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) during the Euromed Solar Workshop on EU-MENA (Middle East and North Africa region) Cooperation on Solar Power, held in Jordan.

It contains an analysis of the tremendous potential of the MENA region for production and supply of solar energy, thus meeting future energy demands from both the region and the EU. In this context, solar thermal power plants are outlined as the most effective technology for harvesting this resource, especially because they offer the lowest cost for solar electricity. They can be integrated into conventional thermal power plants, serving diverse markets (bulk & remote power, heat, water) with a short payback time.

Given the water deficits that the MENA countries will experience, solar thermal solutions for seawater desalination are also outlined in the presentation.

Author: Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen

Date: 2008

Slides: 24

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