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Canada Goose sale RABAT (Reuters) A 400 billion euro ($569.1 billion) plan to power Europe with Sahara sunlight is gaining momentum, even as critics see high risks in a large corporate project using young technology in north African countries with weak rule of law.

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Its supporters, uk canada goose outlet a dozen finance and industrial firms mostly from Germany, say it will keep Europe at the canada goose uk shop forefront of the fight against climate change and help North canada goose store African and European economies to grow within greenhouse gas emission limits.

Others warn of numerous pitfalls, including Maghreb politics, Saharan sandstorms and the risk to desert populations if their water is diverted to clean dust off solar mirrors.

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Desertec founders are lured by the buy canada goose jacket fact that more energy falls on the world deserts in six hours than the world consumes in a year.

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Proposed by the Club of Rome, an international group of experts that suggests solutions to global problems, Desertec became an industrial project last month when reinsurer Munich Re hosted its launch canada goose uk outlet at its headquarters in the Bavarian capital.

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EMISSIONS GOALS Many European governments aim to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

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They have yet to draw up a business plan or specify how it canada goose will be funded but hope to recruit shareholders and partner companies from a variety of countries.

Canada Goose Outlet Desertec officials say the Sahara could one day deliver 15 percent of Europe electricity, but expect the plan to advance in small canada goose coats on sale stages with completion not before 2050.

canada goose black friday sale Supporters of more established solar energy technology, such as photovoltaic cells, argue decentralized generation will Canada Goose Coats On Sale prove more popular as falling prices make the heavy infrastructure needed for CSP unviable.

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power for northern Europe is a mirage, said Hermann Scheer, a member of Germany parliament and head of the European Association for Renewable Energy.

behind the project know themselves that nothing will ever come out of this, said Scheer, an architect of renewable energy policy in Germany, which included a strong emphasis on canada goose clearance photovoltaic technology.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Scheer said the costs of Desertec were being downplayed artificially and its technical capabilities over estimated.

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canada goose coats on sale Desertec would need 20 or more efficient, direct current cables each costing up to $1 billion to transmit electricity north beneath the Mediterranean.

CSP installations placed in the Sahara generate around 30 percent more power per area than in southern Spain, according to Morocco renewable energy agency CDER.

Canada Goose online can help reduce emissions in canadian goose jacket Europe and foster economic and social development in northern Africa, so everyone loves this project, said Santiago Siage, head of Desertec consortium member Abengoa Solar.

buy canada goose jacket Abengoa is developing installations combining CSP with combined cycle gas power generation in Morocco and Algeria.

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Morocco buys in 96 percent of its energy and subsidizes cheap Canada Goose fuel to make it more affordable for the poor, a massive drain on state resources that could be used to fight poverty and bring services to isolated rural areas.

canada goose store The Moroccan government says Desertec could solve Morocco energy dependency and leave plenty of power for Europe.

doesn have even 1 percent of Europe energy consumption, so let be realistic, said Said Mouline, the head of Morocco renewable energy agency. would be generating enough power for canada goose coats us, and for export, for the next 100 years.

cheap Canada Goose EXPLOITATION? Among hazards facing the scheme are the fact that Desertec would need tight coordination between governments to succeed, yet Maghreb states have tried and failed for two decades to integrate their economies and deepen political ties.