Attended by Energy Ministers of Africa and the U.S. Secretary of Energy under the theme 'Energy Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Energy Security and Regional Integration' the conference focused on the development of the energy sector in African economies. Its objective is to support accessible, environmentally safe, and affordable energy supplies on the continent. The conference aimed at enhancing the dialogue among public and private sector representatives on key energy issues. It also reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-African Energy Ministerial processes in its ability to help promote democracy, good governance, human rights, trade investment, and global integration.
At the request of Khalid Benhamou, managing director of Sahara Wind written question in March 1999 by Mr. Dietrich Elchlepp Member of the European Parliement to the EU-Commission regarding the possibility of co-financing a feasibility study on importing electricity from the Sahara coastline into the European Grid. “This would provide an essential condition enabling the production of non-polluting, cost-competitive electricity…”.
North Africa's first 50 kW class wind turbine powering a Wind-Diesel-Hybrid test site by Tiniguir. Erected in 1995 under supervision of Khalid Benhamou, director of the Sahara Wind project (up-right) the system powers an agricultural farm of the ‘Domaines Agricoles’. Built around a 50 kW AOC wind turbine coupled to diesel generators, the combination feeds variable loads through a 5000 Volts distribution grid spread over a few Kilometers. The objective of the test site is to assess wind energy, turbine technologies, electric load controls and management, grids and their applications for local, distributed and energy-intensive uses.
Cover of the High-level Report on the wind energy potential in the Sahara with local applications to support sustainable development. Authored by Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of the Sahara Wind project, the report is submitted to King Hassan II of Morocco on February 19th, 1994.