Clean energy mega grid proposed

June 19, 2008

DESERTEC: A Club of Rome initiative to build a super clean energy power grid

The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) is an initiative campaigning for the transmission of clean power from deserts throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The DESERTEC Concept was founded in 2003 by The Club of Rome, the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation and the National Energy Research Center of Jordan, and is being researched in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The DESERTEC Concept of TREC is to boost the generation of electricity and desalinated water by solar thermal power plants and wind turbines in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and to transmit the clean electrical power via High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines throughout those areas and as from 2020 (with overall just 10-15% transmission losses) to Europe.


June 16, 2008

China and the world discuss the environment

chinadialogue is a bilingual environmental issues website featuring news feeds, articles, books, podcasts and events. One of their partnership education initiatives is with China’s Green Beat, an organization creating films that engage people in fun and informative ways to promote green design, lifestyles, and investments.

Below is Episode 5, “Winds of Change” The green brothers visit a wind farm outside Beijing and discover how renewable energy can transform China’s environment