Dii’s mission is to pave the way for a market for solar and wind power from the deserts for local consumption in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) and, eventually, for export to Europe. The aim is to reach an energy mix of highest security of delivery, mainly based on lowest cost renewable electricity throughout the interconnected markets in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EUMENA).
Dii acts as a market and project enabler that builds partnerships throughout this region. As an expert, facilitator and catalyst, the industrial initiative gives guidance on the integration of desert power into the common market e.g. by highlighting the required political, regulatory, financial, (socio-)economic and technological conditions. Dii is not an investor itself, nor will it develop projects itself. Rather it helps the market to recognize and develop feasible projects.
Our vision: Desert Power
- Desert Power will lead to substantial cost reductions: Apart from higher security of supply, system integration throughout EUMENA will lead to considerable cost reductions due to optimal use of desert power in the MENA region and in combination with other (renewable) generating capacity in Europe. For example, by importing up to 20% of its electricity from the deserts, Europe could save €33 billion annually in 2050 while the MENA region could benefit from an export industry worth up to €63 billion per year.
- Desert Power fosters broader cooperation: An integrated power system lays the groundwork for much broader cooperation between Europe and the MENA region. It also contributes to political stability and encourages mutual reliance as no country is dependent on one single supplier but rather on the power system as a whole.
- Desert Power will lead to economic growth and job creation: Developing renewable energy production capacities and exchange of electricity between countries increases economic growth. By fostering the development of new industries, Desert Power will also lead to the creation of new jobs.
- Desert Power will create new business opportunities: A barrier-free market for renewable energies offers tremendous potential for the energy sector in the EUMENA region – from manufacturing and project planning to generators and transmission operators. A renewable energy campaign in MENA, for example, can benefit the entire value-creation chain of the crisis-ridden solar energy industry in Europe and open up new markets to wind energy manufacturers and project planners.
- Desert Power means climate protection: An increase in the use of renewable energy is a means of steadily fighting climate change, which is expected to have a particularly severe impact on the Mediterranean region and Middle East but will also affect Europe. Dii proved that both MENA and Europe can reduce their CO2 emissions more significantly, effectively and affordably in an integrated EUMENA power system.
“I have to say: Morocco is ahead of Europe concerning the development of renewables."
Wolfgang Reuß, Director for North Africa and the Middle East, KfW Development Bank
"Nous sommes persuadés que l’énergie renouvelable est un formidable outil d’intégration régionale. C’est en ca que l’initiative Dii, de notre point de vue, est une initiative pertinente qui doit maintenant obtenir un fort soutien politique."
Mustapha Bakkoury, PDG de l'Agence marocaine de l'énergie solaire
“The cooperation and connections between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East will lead to a sustainable common energy mix at lowest costs. That is in the end what Dii is striving for.”
Paul van Son, CEO, Dii
"This is a project of Diversification"
Sir Graham Watson MEP, Chairman, Climate Parliament, President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party
«Au Maroc on a plus de potentiel d'énergie renouvelable que nécessaire et on a tous les ingrédients pour partager ce potentiel avec nos partenaires européens: cadre juridique, interconnexions déjà existantes avec l'Espagne et l'Algérie et surtout: nous avons du personnel qualifié.»
Abderrahim El Hafidi, Directeur de l'électricité et des énergies renouvelables, Ministère de l'Énergie, des Mines, de l'Eau et de l'Environnement au Maroc
« Ce que j'observe, c'est qu'il y a une convergence de vision entre tous nos pays. Mais ce qu'il faut maintenant, c'est une convergence des agendas »
Mustapha Bakkoury, PDG, MASEN
“For Morocco, renewable energy is not a fashionable technology but a necessity.”
Driss Benhima, CEO, Royal Air Maroc
« On ne doit pas considérer chaque ligne toute seule. Il faut activer un système intégré avec de nombreuses interconnexions qui se base sur un robuste système Sud-Sud. »
Michelangelo Celozzi, Secretary General, Med-TSO
“This year in Tunisia we had blackouts in electricity. These blackouts will continue next year. That means that there are actions in the development of renewable energy to be taken now. Not in 2020. Not in 2030.”
Mouldi Miled, Executive Director of the DESERTEC University Network
“In EU we are on a crossroad, if we get more union respective energy supply or if we fall back in totally self-contained countries. I strongly vote for a United EU based on renewable energies with strong relationship with our neighbors.“
Torsten Jeworrek, CEO of Reinsurance, Munich Re
“The only way we can survive is to deliver energy to the lowest possible price. We in Saudi Arabia have significant renewable resources both wind and solar and they are already on a good way. We are with Dii to make that development faster.”
Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, ACWA Power
“When we organize an export from North Africa to Europe, money and know-how flow back to North Africa and there would be a great need for these countries that this happens.”
Hans-Josef Fell, Member of the German Parliament
“20 years ago, people said that Algeria was going to collapse. This country positively evolved. There was no single interruption of energy supply from Algeria to Europe all this time. The investments even increased. So let’s not scare too much investors.”
Noureddine Boutarfa, CEO, Sonelgaz
„Der Strom wird zunächst für die Länder vor Ort produziert und dort auch verbraucht werden. Das deckt sich voll und ganz mit unserer EU-Politik, die immer schon darauf abzielte.
Günther Oettinger, EU-Kommissar für Energie
« Les Européens s'épuisent à aller en Chine alors qu'il y a un potentiel énorme de développement à une heure et demie d'avion... Les relations entre l'Europe et le Maghreb pourraient être beaucoup plus fortes. »
Erik Orsenna, romancier