2 Solar Plants. Clean Energy Emerging in Morocco.

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A visual of Morocco’s vision

 

Morocco is set to launch 2 solar plants near the southern city of Ouarzazate. One will produce 200MW and the other 100MW.

Morocco’s solar agency working alongside its authorities has decided to move on with constructing a parabolic mirror technology for the 200MW concentrated solar plant, whilst the 100MW tower will be built as a solar power tower. Morocco’s power production is spent on heavily with intentions of it being subsidized. Due to its consumption of power growing at around 7 percent per year it imports power from Spain to meet its needs. Banking sources say financial funds will be put towards the solar plant project thanks to the World Banks’ Clean Technology Fund, The European Investment Bank and the German state-owned KfW Bank. Japan has also generously donated 7.4 million dollars in order for this project to commence.

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“The capacity…will depend on the contractors, who could bid for more than the announced capacity, especially with the 100MW tower which could reach 200m, the highest tower ever seen in Morocco.

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Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power is currently building a 160MW plant in Ouarzazate with intentions of producing 2GW of solar power by 2020.This is equivalent to about 38% of Morocco’s current installed generation capacity.

A 10 solar photovoltaic plant will be built around the country by state power utility ONEE, in order to generate 30MW with hopes of stabilizing electricity networks due to an increase of demand. A 318MW coal-fired plant will be built in Morocco by a Chinese firm, Sepco III. They seek to vary production and export energy to Europe, where the needs of energy is at a high demand.

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With new solar plants emerging in Morocco many benefits will arise, such as the availability of labor. Not only is Morocco seen for its tourism and trade of goods, but it now has a new face and will be considered as an environmental hub, where clean and sustainable energy will be appreciated, inspiring other African nations to take action. 

REFERENCES:

http://econews.com.au/news-to-sustain-our-world/morocco-to-build-two-major-solar-plants/

http://www.arabnews.com/news/459894

http://www.instablogs.com/japan-to-finance-morocco-s-solar-energy-project.html

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT:

MOROCCO’S SOLAR PLANT PROJECTS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_Morocco

http://www.greenprophet.com/2013/08/morocco-to-tender-two-more-solar-power-plants/

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTENERGY2/0,,contentMDK:22775166~pagePK:210058~piPK:210062~theSitePK:4114200,00.html

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=58687

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Discoveries of a Lifetime: Heracleion

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Remainders of the sunken city

4 miles [6.5 kilometers] off the western coastline of Aboukir Bay, Egypt, an underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio along with his IEASM team has made a major discovery. A lost city, once a port called Heracleion.

Statues, coins, jewelry as well as architectural remains were found. 64 ships dating back to the 8th and 2nd century BCE were found beneath the clay and sea bed. It was said to have been submerged by large waves enabled by a combination of sea levels and collapsing sediment.

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This excavation only enlarges the hopes of both Dr. Goddio and his team. The city was founded in the 8th century BCE and sunk in the 8th century CE and Goodio hopes to have this research continue for the next 200 years unfolding the mysteries of the sunken city.

For more information about this amazing discovery CLICK HERE.

Reference:

‘From Legend to Reality: Discovering the Sunken City of Heracleion’ [http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-mysterious-sunken-city-heracleion]

 

For more information about:

The Lost City of Heracleion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleion

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10022628/Lost-city-of-Heracleion-gives-up-its-secrets.html

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/06/24/an_ancient_city_thought_lost_is_exhumed_from_the_depths_of_the_ocean.html

 

Dr. Frank Goddio and his Research

http://www.franckgoddio.org/projects/sunken-civilizations/heracleion.html

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/events/cleopatra/franck-goddio/