I have registered at the German BBS “Photovoltaikforum” recently and am participating in some of the discussions there. As I mentioned earlier, that BBS gets about a million hits per day.
Right now there is a lively discussion about Desertec, sparked by the news about an international agreement on Ouarzazate financing. While most of the people posting there are supporting solar energy in principle, some of them don’t like large scale projects and think only rooftop installations should be supported. The first post and title of that thread refers to the “Desertec Irrsinn” (madness).
I am of course arguing the side of supporting Desertec in that thread.
So am I convinced by this opposition that projects of energy from the desert should be shelved? What’s up with that headline “Desertec Needs To Be Defeated”?
The idea behind that is just a spirit of rivalry. I want the Gobi desert project to defeat the original North Africa desert project decisively in the race between different projects.
Desertec in North Africa has a large head start, so it may be difficult to beat that in Asia. But it is still very early days everywhere. Maybe Saudi Arabia will come up on top. Maybe even the Australians wake up and understand that they could export energy from their excellent desert resources in the form of limestone, instead of exporting coal.
Who knows what will happen until 2050. But I think it is fun to think of the various potential sources of World energy supply as rivals, and I would count myself on the Asian team.
Go Mongolia! Defeat Desertec!