Dr. Gerhard Knies is a co-founder of TREC, a network of experts on sustainable energy. TREC gave rise to the DESERTEC initiative, a unique industry initiative to develop a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk Knies explains the concept and shows that the idea is realistic.
From Wired UK, Our Man in Amsterdam: “His solution was exciting – converting deserts into massive solar farms, and more importantly, feasible: he estimated that with the help of subsidies, the technology could become an attractive option to the financial markets within 6 years. The momentum from that, he argued, would mean clean energy for all within 25 years and would cost less than €40 billion.”
And as a bonus, an interview with Dr Gerhard Knies on CNN: