Economic challenges for Desert Power to be discussed

The vision of large-scale renewable energy generation in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will be in the centre of discussions during Desertec Industrial Initiative’s (Dii) first Annual Conference in Barcelona on the 26th and 27th of October 2010.

The conference is set to be opened with a keynote speech by EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. The integration of energy markets is seen by some as a decisive element for future energy co-operation in the Mediterranean region. Further topics of discussion will include power generation in desert regions, grid requirements and transmission, socio-economic development in MENA and the important issue of a favourable regulatory framework and specific support schemes for desert power.

Paul van Son, CEO of Dii said: "Our first annual conference brings together diverse parties from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East who are interested in the Desertec concept and in finding solutions to bridge Europe and Africa through renewable energy. This is the perfect forum for an enriching and forward-looking dialogue. We will debate political and economic challenges for large-scale production of electricity from sun and wind in the deserts and the crucial issue of bringing its costs down to a competitive level."

Speakers and participants at the conference will be CEOs and high-level representatives from throughout Europe and the MENA region. They will represent the business sector as well as national and international politics, industry associations and research institutions.

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