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Siemens to power North Africa

July 15, 2009 • Top Stories

siemens_CEO_Peter_L__scher.jpgA MEMORANDUM that will see Siemens Energy is participating in the Desertec initiative to provide sustainable power to North Africa has been signed.

The initiative will see environmentally friendly power generated at solar thermal power plants in the Sahara and wind farms in North Africatransported to the load centers where the power is needed. A technical and financial concept will be developed.

“Desertec is a visionary project that can make a substantial contribution to sustainable power supply in the future energy mix,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division at Siemens Energy in a statement. “The Desertec project unites sustainability, technological competence and
visionary entrepreneurship – and precisely these features have been our strong points for more than 160 years. Siemens, with its broad portfolio of components for solar power plants, wind turbines and highly efficient power transmission, is the perfect technology partner for Desertec,” he
added.

Siemens offers a broad spectrum of environmental technologies, including solar thermal power plants photovoltaic plants, wind turbines and high-efficiency power transmission technology.
Solar thermal power plants have been employed to generate environmentally friendly electricity for over 20 years and are currently experiencing a boom. Siemens is also the market leader for steam turbines for solar thermal power plants. Siemens offers a future-oriented technology for
solar receivers, which are also a key component for these power plants.
The combination of these two technologies will allow Siemens to enhance the efficiency of these plants even further, which will ultimately lead to a reduction in the production costs of solar power.

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