The ambitious plan to build the largest solar park in the world, Desertec, in the Sahara desert is into trouble. Two of the major companies in the plan, the German leviathans Siemens and Bosch, withdrawal from the project. The only hope of rescue plan is now China, keen to draw expertise in energy transfer.
This project was announced in 2009 and the goal was, until 2050, the great Saharan solar farm to produce 125 gigawatts of electricity, which would meet the needs of North Africa and 15% of Europe’s energy needs. The solar energy would cross the Mediterranean via undersea cable, and will arrive to Italy, where they would be distributed to other European countries.