CERN Colloquium

DESERTEC – Clean Power from Deserts for a Sustainable World with 10 billion People

by Prof. Gerhard Knies (DESERTEC FOUNDATION Chairman of Board of Trustees and member of Board of Supervisors)

503/1-001 - Council Chamber (CERN)

503/1-001 - Council Chamber


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Humankind is on the way to a world population of 10 billion, while earth’s carrying capacity is declining from 5 to 3 billion, caused by ecological deteriorations, mainly because of the use of fossil fuels. A rapid transition to clean and inexhaustible energies at a global scale could provide sufficient energy for continued development of our civilization and simultaneous drastic reduction of green house gas emissions. I will describe how this can be achieved by clean power from deserts: what are the required volumes, the required pace, the needed technologies, the needed political and financial efforts, at a global scale. I will address the role of the DESERTEC Foundation, of the DESERTEC Industrial Initiative and of the DESERTEC University Network for implementing the DESERTEC Concept.
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Ignatios Antoniadis/PH-TH and M. LuescherPH-TH..............Tea and Coffee will be serve at 16h00