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New Moroccan Desalination Plant Under Construction

Morocco is set to commence the construction of the world’s largest sea water desalination plant in 2021, at the Southern Coastal City of Agadir. The US$301m Douira Sea Water Desalination plant is expected to have a treatment capacity of 75 million m3/year. Abengoa, a Spanish company has been chosen by the Moroccan National Electricity and Drinking water Office (ONEE) to construct this new desalination plant.

The intent is to run the plant on renewable electricity, offering yet another buffering opportunity for intermittent renewable electricity, as water can be easily stored.

Technology: Reverse Osmosis
Electricity cost rev. osm.: 3-10 kWh/m3
Production capacity: 275,000 m3/day, to be increased towards 450,000 m3/day

[] – Morocco to commence construction of world largest sea water desalination plant in 2021
[] – Desalination
[] – Desalination is an expensive energy hog, but improvements are on the way
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German-Moroccan Hydrogen Agreement

Morocco has valuable commodities with which it can compete on world markets: perfect solar conditions, large amounts of otherwise useless deserts, proximity to European markets and sufficient supply of cheap labor. That didn’t escape the attention of the German government, that has an ambitious program of becoming the world leader in hydrogen electrolyzer equipment. With this equipment, countries like Morocco can produce large amounts of hydrogen to be sold on European markets. Match made in heaven. Hydrogen could be the key to African development. If Arab countries could achieve enormous wealth with oil and gas, there is no reason why African countries with perfect solar conditions could not finally get in touch with serious money, by producing hydrogen for Eurasian markets.

[] – Grüne Energie aus der Wüste
[] – Marokko – 710 Millionen Euro aus Deutschland
[deepresource] – Germany Embraces the Hydrogen Economy

High-Temperature Ecovat

A university student studied the possibility and economic feasibility of extending the “low-temperature” warm water Ecovat concept into a high-temperature one, with pebbles as storage medium. As an example could serve an existing pebble bed storage in Ait Baha, Morocco.


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Morocco Turns Sahara Into Solar Energy Oasis

World’s Largest Solar Park Noor in Morocco

– investment: $9B
– 540 MW peak
– Technology: CSP and molten salt
– Construction begin: 2013
– Commission date: 2016
– Build bij TSK-Acciona-Sener/Spain

[] – Ouarzazate Solar Power Station

NOOR – World’s Largest Solar Power Plant in Morocco

The countries of Northern Africa have one of the best solar resources in the world, lots of space and additionally close proximity to one of the economic power houses of the world, Europe. Additionally, the Maghreb has a weak economy. As part of the international division of labor nothing would be more logical than that Northern Africa would concentrate itself on producing renewable energy, like electricity and/or hydrogen, for European markets, replacing Arabia as an important oil-energy supplier to Europe.

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