Sahara Forest Project

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The Sahara Forest Project[1] is a solution to provide fresh water, food, renewable energy and green jobs in hot, arid regions as well as re-vegetating areas of uninhabited desert, in a profitable way.

Organization[edit]

The Sahara Forest Project[2][3] is a scheme that aims to provide fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot, arid regions as well as re-vegetating areas of uninhabited desert. This proposal combines saltwater-cooled greenhouses with Solar Power technologies, either directly using Photovoltaic (PV) or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP)and technologies for desert revegetation. CSP is a form of renewable energy that produces electricity from sunlight using thermal energy to drive conventional steam turbines. It is claimed that these technologies together will create a sustainable and profitable source of energy, food, vegetation and water. The founding team behind the Sahara Forest Project was composed of experts from Seawater Greenhouse Ltd, Exploration Architecture, Max Fordham Consulting Engineers and the Bellona Foundation. The scale of the proposed scheme is such that very large quantities of seawater would be evaporated. By using locations below sea level, pumping costs would be eliminated. Among planned activities are one pilot project in Jordan and one in Qatar [4][5][6][7]

Technologies[edit]

Sahara Forest Project combines saltwater-cooled greenhouses with technologies for outside revegatation and concentrated solar power (CSP). CSP is a form of renewable energy that produces electricity from sunlight using thermal energy to drive conventional steam turbines. It is claimed that these technologies together will create a sustainable and profitable source of energy, food, vegetation and water. The scale of the proposed scheme is such that very large quantities of seawater would be evaporated. By using locations not too high above sea level, pumping costs would be eliminated.

Pilot in Qatar[edit]

Sahara Forest Project's first pilot facility was built in Qatar and officially opened in December 2012 by then HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.[8][9][10][11] The pilot results where even better than the expectations.[12][13] The pilot results have prepared for the next steps, a test and demonstration center providing the first commercial-scale of the full Sahara Forest Project value chain. The right conditions to house Sahara Forest Project facilities are a lot of sun and low-lying desert areas.[14]

CEO Joakim Hauge[edit]

Joakim Hauge
Joakim Hauge in Qatar.jpg
Born Juli 1973
Nationality Norwegian
Education Biologist
Employer Sahara Forest Project
Title Chief Executive Officer
Board member of
Sahara Forest Project

Joakim Hauge (born July 1973) is a Norwegian biologist who is the Chief Executive Officer for The Sahara Forest Project.

Hauge holds an MSc in biology from Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo. He has a broad experience on issues related to innovation and biology from non-governmental and private sectors and has previously been advising national and international institutions such as the EU Biofuels Technology Platform.

Hauge has been a driving force in bringing the concept of “restorative growth” onto the political arena. He has lectured widely on the subject of innovation and sustainable solutions to combat climate changes and i.e. delivered talks at the UN side events at the Climate Negotiations in Qatar 2012 (COP18 Doha, Chatham House and events organized by The Economist. Hauge has been featured extensively in international media such as CNN, Al Jazeera, Science, CCTV, France24, MSNBC, New Scientist, VPRO and Financial Times. Joakim Hauge was the closing speaker at TEDx Maastricht 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ UN COP18 Doha (October 2012)http://www.cop18.qa/en-us/News/SingleStory.aspx?ID=32
  2. ^ Jha, Alok (2 September 2008) "Seawater greenhouses to bring life to the desert" The Guardian. Accessed 29 December 2011.
  3. ^ Fourth World Conference on the Future of Science "Food and Water for Life" - Venice, September 24-27, 2008
  4. ^ Clery, D. (2011). "Greenhouse-Power Plant Hybrid Set to Make Jordan's Desert Bloom". Science 331 (6014): 136. doi:10.1126/science.331.6014.136. PMID 21233357.  edit
  5. ^ Dell'Amore, Christine (22 January 2011) “High-Tech Energy "Oasis" to Bloom in the Desert?”, National Geographic daily News. Accessed 29 December 2011.
  6. ^ Rosner, Hilary (7 August 2011) “The Future of Farming: Eight Solutions For a Hungry World”. Popular Science . Accessed 29 December 2011.
  7. ^ Walt, Vivienne (15 January 2009) “Out of Africa: Saharan Solar Energy”. Time. Accessed 29 December 2011.
  8. ^ Gulf Times (December 2012) http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/details/335275/heir-apparent-unveils-sahara-forest-project
  9. ^ Dell'Amore, Christine (22 January 2011) “High-Tech Energy "Oasis" to Bloom in the Desert?”, National Geographic daily News. Accessed 29 December 2011.
  10. ^ Rosner, Hilary (7 August 2011) “The Future of Farming: Eight Solutions For a Hungry World”. Popular Science . Accessed 29 December 2011.
  11. ^ Walt, Vivienne (15 January 2009) “Out of Africa: Saharan Solar Energy”. Time. Accessed 29 December 2011.
  12. ^ Science (7 November 2013)http://news.sciencemag.org/asiapacific/2013/11/desert-farming-experiment-yields-first-results
  13. ^ Landscape ME (January 2014) http://issuu.com/allanronald45/docs/landscape_magazine_january_2014/25?e=7613768/6201013
  14. ^ Euroasia Industry (March 2014) http://www.euroasiaindustry.com/article/the-regeneration-game

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