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Oliver Steinmetz 08/03/2013 Co-Founder of the Desertec Foundation

IPLI held its first Symposium series in Berlin titled: (Energy Security in the EU and Desertec-Clean Power from Deserts.) The guest of honor, Dr. Oliver Steinmetz presented Desertec's innovative ideas to a group students from the Hertie School of Governance.

PLI held its first Symposium series in Berlin titled: (Energy Security in the EU and Desertec-Clean Power from Deserts) Dr. Oliver Steinmetz presented Desertec innovative ideas to a group students from the Hertie School of Governance and a lively discussion followed.

The Desertec concept is simple; harnessing just six hours of solar energy from the world's deserts is enough to meet the yearly global energy consumption. Furthermore, this is feasible with existing technology and would allow 90% of the Earth's inhabitants who live within 3000km of a desert to receive this energy.

Dr. Steinmetz, who has a background in finance and risk management working for the European Investment Bank, explained Desertec's mission as a global civil society initiative to promote sustainable energy use to policymakers, industry leaders and in academic institutions. He went on to discuss Desertec's unique opportunities in the Middle East-North African region including a recent plan by Saudi Arabia to explore solar power as the leading source of energy for the kingdom. The undertaking of such a large project would help the feasibility of solar energy by decreasing costs through economies of scale. Dr. Steinmetz also pointed out that Desertec's position was not to promote solar energy above all other energy generation but to promote solar energy within the global trend towards clean sustainable energy.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with the policy students from Hertie. Socio-economic concerns in relation to projects carried out in the Sahara region were raised as well as regime stability and the challenges of getting countries to adhere to 20 or 30 year energy agreements. Ultimately it was evident that solar power held a different challenge to other resources such as oil reserves in that hording was not an option and countries producing power had the incentive to sell this energy as it was produced.

The three hours of discussion flew by and the participants interest in the Desertec concept was sparked to the point where several students were moved to action by seeking out internships with Desertec .

To continue learning more about such solar energy projects Dr. Steinmetz suggested the following resources;

Desertec website: www.desertec.org

Dii's Desert Power Perspectives 2050 study on: www.dii-eumena.com

IRENA and IEA-ETSAP Technology Brief

IPLI held its first Symposium series in Berlin titled: (Energy Security in the EU and Desertec-Clean Power from Deserts.) The guest of honor, Dr. Oliver Steinmetz presented Desertec's innovative ideas to a group students from the Hertie School of Governance.

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