HAMBURG, Germany, November 27 /PRNewswire/ --

- German Association CLUB OF ROME: Clean Power From Deserts for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

HAMBURG, Germany, November 27 /PRNewswire/ --

Former President of The Club of Rome, His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, will present the White Paper "Clean Power from Deserts - The DESERTEC Concept for Energy, Water and Climate Security" to members of the European Parliament and hand it over to its President, Prof. Pottering, in Brussels on November 28.

The paper describes the vast potentials of deserts to supply secure, clean and cheap power to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA). The authors of the White Paper are proposing a solar co-operation between the technology belt and the sun-belt, between Europe and the MENA region, to fight climate change "in a way that is economically, technically and politically feasible".

"We are in the middle of a defence situation against energy shortage, water scarcity and climate change! We need a defence and recovery strategy, defence and recovery measures, and a defence and recovery budget!", says Dr. Gerhard Knies, coordinator of the international Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) network which developed the DESERTEC Concept in collaboration with scientists at the German Aerospace Center.

To resolve these problems The Club of Rome presents an international action plan. It foresees seven immediate measures to be implemented within seven years. The Club of Rome demands a budget 10 billion Euro for an Apollo-Program like effort to implement the DESERTEC Concept.

Key technologies in the DESERTEC Concept are concentrating solar thermal power plants with solar heat storage for day/night operation and low-loss high voltage direct current transmission lines to bring clean power to Europe from the deserts of MENA.

The presentation in the European Parliament is staged by a cross-party group of four Members of the European Parliament - Matthias Groote, Rebecca Harms, Vittorio Prodi and Anders Wijkman - and by the Club of Rome initiative TREC.

As of November 29th the White Paper and the Action Plan will be available as a PDF file at: http://www.DESERTEC.org

Information for Pressmen:

Further information and pictures:

http://www.DESERTEC.org/press.html

Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP) plants use mirrors to concentrate sunlight and create heat which is used to raise steam to drive steam turbines and electricity generators. Excess heat from additional collectors can be stored in tanks of molten salt and used to power steam turbines during the night or when there is a peak in demand.

Pictures:

SCHOTT AG, https://www.schott-pictures.net/

Solar Millennium AG, presse@solarmillennium.de

Euro-Supergrid with a EU-MENA-Connection:

Sketch of possible infrastructure for a sustainable supply of power to EUrope, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA)

Picture: TREC, http://www.DESERTEC.org/press.html

Preliminary PDF versions of the White Paper and the Action Plan:

Michael Straub, DESERTEC Office Manager, Mobile: +49(0)179-90-46-859, Michael.Straub@ClubOfRome.de.

Press statements by the President of the European Parliament Prof. Hans-Gert Pottering and by His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal:

November 28th, circa 12:00 - 12:30, European Parliament, Brussels, near Room PHS11B

Presentation:

November 28th, 13:00 - 15:00, European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5G3

Interviews:

November 28th, 15:00 - 16:00, European Parliament, Brussels, near Room A5G3

Please confirm your participation to rebecca.harms@europarl.europa.eu (if you are not accredited to the Parliament, please also send your name, date of birth and place of residence).

Preliminary PDF versions of the White Paper and the Action Plan: Michael Straub, DESERTEC Office Manager, Mobile: +49(0)179-90-46-859, Michael.Straub@ClubOfRome.de. Please confirm your participation to rebecca.harms@europarl.europa.eu (if you are not accredited to the Parliament, please also send your name, date of birth and place of residence).