The German “Tagesspiegel” has published an article about what the “Desertec industrial initiative” has been up to lately (in German).
We learn that the number of shareholders has been reduced to three: RWE, ACWA, and SGCC. The latter is the world’s largest utility and based in China, which will be convenient for all Desertec work related to energy from the Gobi desert.
ACWA is based in Saudi Arabia, another excellent candidate for energy from the desert. They have lots of deserts. And lots of oil money to fill them with solar panels.
The Desertec industrial initiative has only a couple of people working on consulting projects.
In addition to the three shareholders, there is a larger group of 36 “partners and contributors”, including Siemens. I recall that they jumped ship earlier. Welcome back to the project.