More recently, the project Desertec, being realized by a consortium of European, especially German and North African companies predicted to completely change the energy map of Europe. It was expected that by 2050, clean and cheap energy from giant solar termoelektrostantsy built in the Sahara desert, will cover up to 20 percent of the European electricity demand. Already in 2015 was to be built the first high-voltage line that would connect the mains for the first time in Europe and Africa.
However, despite the support of a number of national governments and the praise of experts, something went wrong. At the end of last year left the consortium of Siemens and Bosch, and in May there were rumors that an ambitious project is close to failure.
General manager of the consortium Paul van Son (Paul van Son) acknowledged that Desertec concept has undergone a fundamental revision:
"To be honest, four years ago, Desertec has only one purpose — to transport energy from North Africa. Today, we reject such a one-sided thinking. Now the project is aimed at creating an integrated market, which will build on the strengths of all renewable energy sources. If we talk about the energy from North Africa, it will be only a modest proportion of shipments to Europe. "
Observers attribute the failure of the initial idea to the Spanish government’s refusal to fund one of the initial phases of the project.
«Desertec was not viable in its previous form because of the high cost and utopian"
— The president of the association Eurosolar Peter Droege (Peter Droege). Desertec turn away from not only European but also African partners. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI (Mohammed VI) has announced that his country in the near future will only development of the domestic energy market. Thus, Desertec actually lost the most reliable partner in North Africa.
"International organizations wanted to kill several birds with one stone — wrote a famous energy expert Craig Morris (Craig Morris). — They wanted to deliver cheaper and cleaner energy to Europe, to stimulate economic development in North Africa and connect the power line between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This idea, of course, was unfeasible. In general, this project was the loud PR campaign of big corporations that do not quite understand the potential of renewable energy sources. "