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Event – Beyond Zero Emissions discussion group Monday July 7, 6.30 pm: TREC

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on June 29th, 2008

Topic: The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC), and its applicability to the Australian context
Speaker: Stewart Taggart, director Aquasol Infrastructure and Administrator of TREC Australia
Where: Kindness House, 2nd floor, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
When: Monday July 7, 6.30 pm

This month, the Beyond Zero Emissions discussion group will again focus on Concentrated Solar Power, but this time in the context of a bold plan to harness Australia’s solar resource to supply a large portion of our energy needs.

The Trans- Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) was formed by the Club of Rome and the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation in 2003. It promotes the idea of supplying renewable energy to Europe via high voltage direct current transmission lines (HVDC) from the immense solar and wind resources of the deserts in North Africa in the Middle East. The plan has many advantages, including reducing the variability of these energy sources by wide geographic dispersion, and enabling these regions to become exporters of clean energy.

It is supported by the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the German Green Party, the German Physics society, The German Advisory Council on Global Change, Greenpeace and Prince Hassan Bin Al Talal of Jordan. The German Aerospace Centre (DRL) has done several major studies on it’s viability.

Our guest speaker via telephone link-up from Sydney will be Stewart Taggart. Stewart is a director of Acquasol Infrastructure Ltd, a developer of environmentally friendly power and water projects. He is also Australian administrator of TREC Australia, or “Clean Energy From Deserts,” Stewart will give the group an overview of European TREC, and talk about how this concept could be adapted to the Australian context.

Further Reading
For general information on TREC see;


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