Energy, Water and Climate Security:Clean Power from Deserts
Concentrating Solar Power and the creation of an HVDC Supergrid
Dr. Gerry Wolff
Coordinator of DESERTEC-UK
This event took place on March 2nd 2009 at the LSE, with over 200 guests
Chair: Dr. Michael Mason, Department of Geography & Environment
Dr.Wolff’s Presentation (.pdf)
Abstract: The DESERTEC concept, developed by the “TREC” international network of scientists and engineers, is probably the single most effective means of supplying the world with clean energy and weaning the world off fossil fuels. It also promises additional benefits including desalination of sea water using the waste heat from power generation. This talk will describe the main elements of the concept, including the key technologies of concentrating solar power (CSP) and low-loss High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines, it will review DESERTEC developments to date, and it will describe some of the things that need to be done to bring things forward.
Speaker Bio: Gerry Wolff’s career has been mainly in academic research and teaching in cognitive science and computing. Early retirement has given him the opportunity to devote more time to long-standing interests in environmental protection and environmental campaigning. The development of a website about what ordinary householders can do to cut their own direct emissions of CO2 led to an interest in “clean power from deserts” and the work of the TREC group. In 2006 he set up the UK branch of that group, now known as DESERTEC-UK. The group has been working to raise awareness of the DESERTEC ideas.