World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy

World Water Day 2014.LogoWorld Water Day 2014 brings its attention to the Water and Energy nexus. The 2014 edition demonstrates through case studies that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts. Crosscutting frameworks bridging public and private sectors in a green economy will lead to greater energy security and sustainable water use. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water and energy-efficient 'Green Industry' a reality. The Sahara Wind Project is actively involved in supporting access to potable water in arid regions using renewable energies. Water treatment technologies can enhance the uptake of intermittent sources of renewable energies such as wind power in weaker grid infrastructures found on most of the African continent. Acting as a stabilizing load in a high wind penetration system, desalination as well as electrolysis generated by-products such as chlorine or hypochlorite are indispensable elements in water treatment solutions for producing clean, drinking water. Within such framework, many synergies can be applied.

An in-depth analysis of the International Energy Agency reveals that energy accounts for 15% of global water usage, and will consume ever more through 2035

The Sahara Wind project combines wind and water treatment technologies: The Sahara Wind Project

European Hydrogen Energy Conference

European Hydrogen Energy Conference

Sahara Wind at the EHEC-2014 European Hydrogen Energy Conference

As a reference framework for updates on hydrogen and fuel cell related technologies, the European Hydrogen Energy Conference was held in Seville, Spain from March 12-14 2014.

The Sahara Wind Project and ‘The role of Hydrogen from the trade winds in North Africa’s broader renewable energy transition’ was presented during the 3rd plenary session of the European Hydrogen Energy Conference EHEC 2014. The European Hydrogen Energy Conference EHEC 2014 provided a setting to present the advances in research, products and projects currently under development. During the conference, Sahara Wind presented its current project development activities, which includes the phased deployment of hydrogen technologies in North Africa. These are likely to enhance the prospects for integrated applications in the field wind energy access, leveraging the processing of the region’s minerals as well as major industrial activities.The presentation of the Sahara Wind Project during the EHEC 2014 3rd plenary session on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell opportunities in the Mediterranean area paved the way to the last plenary session focused on Generation & Storage Energy.

Sahara Wind joins the campaign for 100%RENEWABLES

Sahara Wind joins the campaign to help building a global momentum toward achieving 100% RE in jurisdictions across the world.

The overall goal of the campaign is to brand 100% renewable energy and to build a global alliance for 100% renewable energy. The campaign seeks to attract governmental, non-governmental, profit and non-profit organizations from all parts of the world to support this initiative. Global 100% RE is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. This unique campaign builds on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal.

Many scientific studies have shown that 100% RE regionally and globally is technically possible by the year 2050, and some scientists conclude we can get there as soon as 2030. Several regions, cities and islands can achieve – indeed are achieving – this target even earlier than that. The campaign primarily aims at building a coalition of the willing for a 100% target and seeks to build an international societal momentum for setting the target in the various regions or constituencies and implement an adequate roadmap towards it.

Morocco: The Emergence of a Wind Power Country

Sahara Wind publishes "Morocco: The Emergence of a Wind Power Country" on pages 573-585 of 'Wind Power for the World'.

In part 2 of Wind Power for the World, the editors have collected reports and overviews of wind power status and history in various countries, several written by individuals who have made valuable contributions to the successful emergence of wind power. The chapters cover the uphill struggle; wind energy strategies and policies that paved the way; and the creative persons in politics, agencies, institutes, and the industry. It also examines the world societies at large and how solutions to the challenges were found in different countries.

ISBN-13: 978-9814411899
ISBN-10: 9814411892

Les politiques relatives à la crise énergétique: Quelle vision pour le Maroc?

Interview à l'issue du débat politique du MENA Policy HUB

Sahara Wind a pris part aux travaux du débat politique organisé par le MPH «MENA Policy HUB» - à Casablanca le 04 Janvier 2014. Son Directeur Général, Khalid Benhamou est intervenu en tant que panéliste sur le thème ‘Les politiques relatives à la crise énergétique: Quelle vision pour le Maroc?

Conférence FEMIP-BEI: Efficacité énergétique dans la région méditerranéenne

FEMIP-EIB.2013 conferenceSahara Wind à la 13ème conférence de la FEMIP – « L'efficacité énergétique dans la région méditerranéenne » le 10 décembre 2013 à Bruxelles

Organisée par la BEI, en collaboration avec l'Observatoire méditerranéen de l’énergie et l'Union pour la Méditerranée, la treizième édition de la Conférence de la FEMIP a rassemblé 250 participants d'Europe et des pays méditerranéens pour débattre activement de la manière dont l'efficacité énergétique peut renforcer la position concurrentielle mondiale d'un pays et créer des possibilités d'emploi. Elle s'est tenue juste avant la réunion ministérielle de l'Union pour la Méditerranée sur l'énergie, le 10 décembre 2013 à Bruxelles.

AfDB-SEFA wind project grant


A US $960,000 Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) grant for the Jbel-Sendoug (Khalladi) Wind Project in Northern Morocco was approved at the end of December 2013 to support outstanding preparation activities to bring the project to bankability. SEFA support will be key to unlocking the equity and debt required for implementation of this private sector-led wind project and realizing significant socioeconomic outcomes from the provision of cleaner, more reliable and affordable electricity.

The wind energy project will be developed near the Mediterranean coast, 15 kilometres east of Tangiers. The project involves the development, financing, construction and operation of a 120-MW wind power facility under an Independent Power Producers scheme authorized through a concession granted by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment. The project will see the construction of a 23-km transmission line and a substation to evacuate energy generated by the facility into the interconnected grid.

Following the approval, Alex Rugamba, Director of the African Development Bank’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, noted, “For SEFA, this project is a double win as it involves clean energy production that will in turn spur economic growth. When finished, the Khalladi Wind Energy project will provide more reliable power, fewer power outages and greater scope for private sector growth in the project region. This grant is evidence of the Bank’s continued strong commitment to renewable energy investments in Morocco.” 

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AUI students first at ISUenergy 2013

Al Akhawayn University students earned top honors at a recent international symposium on renewable energies.

The students, Asmae Berrada (‘14) and Aicha Slassi Sennou (‘14), spent August 26 to September 6 at the International Summer University on Energy 2013 (ISUenergy 2013), organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and conducted in Falera, Switzerland. They were ranked first in the program among the 53 international Ph.D. and MS students from countries such as Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

The symposium was a two-week interdisciplinary seminar on renewable energies that involved different academic fields and covered topics as diverse as solar cells and materials, photovoltaic systems and applications, sustainability, and smart grids.

Le Maroc se tourne vers l’éolien

Extrait du Journal TF1 du 24/11/2013

Pour couvrir 40% de ses besoins d'électricité grâce aux énergies renouvelables (solaire, éolien, barrages) d'ici 2020, le Maroc se focalise désormais sur le parc éolien qui connait une expansion spectaculaire. Ainsi, pas moins de 130 éoliennes doivent être montées prochainement sur le site de Tarfaya, en plein désert.

Quelle stratégie de formation, de la recherche et du développement industriel?

Sahara Wind a pris part aux travaux de la 1ère édition du Symposium organisé conjointement par la FENELEC et la SMADER.

Cet évènement s'est tenu en marge du Salon ElecExpo, EneR Event & Tronica Expo 2013, le 21 Novembre 2013, à Casablanca. Ainsi, la modération de la session plénière a été confiée a Khalid Benhamou Directeur Général de Sahara Wind. Ce symposium portait sur le thème «Quelle stratégie de formation, de la recherche et du développement industriel pour un meilleur accompagnement de la dynamique des énergies renouvelables au Maroc?».

Europe’s energy outlook: Heading in the right direction?

FOE.EU.Energy.conf.11.2013Sahara Wind at the "Greening Europe - European Policy Summit - Europe's energy outlook: Heading in the right direction?" November 7th 2013 Brussels, Belgium.

To compete in today’s tough global energy market, Europe needs to speak with one voice to current and potential suppliers, Gunther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy, said at Friends of Europe’s 10th annual Energy Summit. Nonetheless, there is still a tendency to look at the issues purely on a national basis, said Philip Lowe, the European Commission Director General for Energy. His EU counterpart for Climate Action, Jos Delbeke, said that there has been some good progress in making climate change part of mainstream policy but Yvo de Boer, Global Advisor on Climate and Sustainable Development at KPMG, said: “At the moment, there is simply no political will to address climate change to the extent that is needed.

22nd World Energy Congress in Daegu, Korea

22nd World Energy Congress 2013

Sahara Wind at the 22nd World Energy Congress in Daegu, Korea

As part of its efforts to encourage representation from developing countries, the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee invited Sahara Wind to the 22nd World Energy Congress held on October 13-17 2013 in Daegu, Korea.

During the event, delegates engaged with the global energy community, addressing key issues on the energy, energy access and development agenda. Participants included government ministers, energy CEOs and respected analysts and researchers. The globalization of energy demand poses a number of challenges that are summed up in the concept of the “energy trilemma” by the World Energy Council, which is the sponsor of the Congress. Will there be enough energy to meet growing demand among both rich and poor nations? How can energy supplies be protected against disruptions? And how will efforts to mitigate climate change affect access to future energy sources?

The $6 trillion energy market will also be shaped by the rise of renewables and alternative fuels as well as development of new energy technologies. More than 6,000 participants at the 2013 Congress had an unprecedented opportunity to network with top global players. No other energy sector gathering brought together such a wide range of influential figures.

The invitation of Sahara Wind as part of the WEC Daegu 2013 Congress special Developing Countries Program was aimed at balancing regional participation and ensuring broad representation of both geographical regions and interests.

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