Talk:Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation/Archive 1

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Like a press release

It's like someone posted a press release onto the page. Chad okere 22:17, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Translation of German version

The text is a translation of the German version which is listed as "Good article". The Wikipedia text also has been used to crate the website of TREC (not the other way round). If you have a problem with a passage in the article please discuss it here, but just deleting most of the text is no constructive work - that's vandalism. Benderson2 09:45, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Benderson2 and Mikeanegus

The reason why this page keeps getting reverted is twofold.

Primarily, it reads like a press release and that's not what Wikipedia is for. Details are good, but they need to concentrate on facts, not supposition or 'future plans'.

Secondly, Wikipedia works on the foundation of Neutral Point Of View. Since you are both directly involved in the subject of the article, you are extremely unlikely to be able to maintain that NPOV.

I suggest at this point you both step away from the article and work on other ways to promote it. This is not the place for this sort of thing. --Kickstart70-T-C 08:48, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Why do you delete most of the article before you set your "unencyclopedic box"? Do you fear that other readers could read the article and think that it is worth writing about it -- like at the German version of the article that is rated as "good article"?!? This behaviour is really unencyclopedic vandalism.
Primarily, the article talks about an organisation and about the results of two studies by a famous research institute. It talks about the potential of the usage of proven technologies. Did you ever read it before deleting it? If you think that the article is to long ("to many details"), that might be a reason to shorten it, but not to delete the whole article.
Secondly, you can complain if I write something with POV, but you can't forbit me to write something NPOV about TREC just because I am involed in it. If you find a passage in the article that is not NPOV then it is your job to make it NPOV, not to delete the whole article. By the way, Mikeanegus seems to know something about the topic but I'm sure that he's not directly involved in TREC.
If you have a problem with the article, then help to improve it or write down your critisism about TREC in the "critisism passage", but deleting it is not an option. Benderson2 11:49, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
If you want to know how press releases by TREC and press articles about TREC look like, please have a look at:

Benderson2 13:05, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

It is important to note that I was NOT the one who cut it down. I've been reverting to changes that other users deemed necessary. As well, read the rules and understand them. Much of the content serves to promote the subject, not give facts about it. And that's clearly not allowed.
So, I suggest this...have a close look at it, cut out the chaff, and I'll look at it again. If it doesn't fit the guidelines, I will bring it to the admins to make their own choices. I do not want in any way to get into an edit war with you. I just don't want Wikipedia to turn into a media showcase for people's employment or pet projects. --Kickstart70-T-C 01:54, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
One example of what I am talking about: "best solar power technology"...according to who? Where is the cite for that? A wikipedia article can't make claims like that and still be considered NPOV. --Kickstart70-T-C 01:58, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
Your asking for a cite? Read the text! It is talking about the results of the studies MED-CSP and TRANS-CSP. The text doesn't claim that CSP is the best solar power technology. It claims that it is "The best solar power technology for providing secure capacity" because: "Excess heat from additional collectors can be stored in tanks of molten salt and then be used to power the steam turbines during the night, or when there is a peak in demand. In order to ensure uninterrupted service during overcast periods or bad weather, the turbines can also be powered by oil, natural gas or biomass fuels."
That is not POV, that's a proven and logical fact. If you know it better - tell me a better solar power technology for providing secure capacity. If that's the best "POV"-passage you found, please bring it to the admins (lol). By the way: To shorten the article I deleted the "aims" passage. Benderson2 11:37, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
Do you think a project the German state pays several hundret thousand Euros for a "pet project"? Official supporters of the concept are e.g. Greenpeace International, the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War and social responsibility (IPPNW), the German Physical Society (DPG) and the German advisory council on global change (WBGU). You can download the complete list of the supporters worldwide at (PDF, 40 kb).
A list with news about TREC (in the Guardian Newspaper, BBC Radio 4, The Scotsman, Jordan Times, United Press International and the Solarserver) you can find here
Do you already think that TREC is not important enough to write an article about it? Or do you just have a problem with parts of the article you think they are POV? Then you should replace the unencyclopedic box with a neutrality box and we'll have a look at the text. Kind regards Benderson2 11:37, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
I note again that I did not add the tag or make ANY edits to the article. I would appreciate you stopping accusing me of such, and stop assuming I am your enemy. Look at the article history to see who did what.
There still are uncited claims that are stated as fact and those art disputable. For example, the whole section under The Situation accepts Peak Oil as fact, without noting any of the criticisms of the concept (see Peak_Oil#Criticism). Before you react strongly claiming that I don't believe in Peak Oil, I don't actually have an opinion on the matter, but in all fairness, your opinion on the matter should not come into the editing of this article. NPOV applies everywhere in the article, not just where it meshes with popular opinion. I would love to see more people come in and share the efforts in editing this article because, quite simply, it needs a lot of NPOV work. --Kickstart70-T-C 21:56, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry for accusing you wrongly, but the unencyclopedic box matched exactly to your comments. The article is just a translation of the german version which has been rated as ok and a vote led to the "good article" status (wich could not be reached if strong POV-passages were in it). Most of the text (not the situation passage you mentioned) describes the results of the studies and the studies have conclusions -- not uncited Points of View. But if you (or anybody else) think you could improve the neutrality of the article by editing some phrases; just do it. But just deleting most of the article like the IP did is, in my opinion, the wrong way to get a better article. Do you agree? Benderson2 22:29, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Hello Kickstart70, still there? Benderson2 22:21, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry...have an infant daughter and a newborn system administration business. The reason why the box matches my comment is because I restored it after it was removed. I didn't add it. In any case, my criticisms are valid even if I don't have time or inclination to do the edits I speak of (and check my history if you'd like to see how few edits I'm doing these days). FWIW, if I was the person who originally was not happy with the status of the article I would not have removed as much as was removed. To address two of your points...even if this came from the German article and was translated to English and the original was marked good, that doesn't invalidate the criticisms. German WP is a separate project from English WP and their rules and guidelines are different. As well, for points like I made about calling things 'best' without offering a citation clearly showing this is the opinion of an external expert, that clearly does violate the NPOV guidelines here. --Kickstart70-T-C 02:48, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

The German rules about POV are the same like at the English Wikipedia and as I've written: The text doesn't claim that CSP is the best solar power technology. It claims that it is "The best solar power technology for providing secure capacity" because: "Excess heat from additional collectors can be stored in tanks of molten salt and then be used to power the steam turbines during the night, or when there is a peak in demand. In order to ensure uninterrupted service during overcast periods or bad weather, the turbines can also be powered by oil, natural gas or biomass fuels." That is not POV, that's a proven and logical fact and part of the study: Photovoltaik is declared as "fluctuating energy source" while CSP can provide secure power. If thats the only point you can mention, I'll delete the Neutrality-Box in the next couple of days. Benderson2 18:37, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Continued POV and uncited statements

Some examples:

  • it's certain that by the middle of the 21st century, humanity will have used up a majority of the fossil fuel resources (uncited, according to who?)
  • although such a reduction is essential to contain the threat of Global Warming (uncited, according to who?)
  • The best solar power technology for providing secure power output (uncited, according to who?)

The page still reads like a press release. The primary editor appears to be intimately involved in the subject material thereby having apparent difficulty keeping to WP:NPOV principles. Clearly this page has the potential to be 'good', but some emotional disassociation needs to happen. --Kickstart70-T-C 19:33, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Note: Benderson2 is what is termed a COI SPA: a single-purpose account with a conflict of interest. — Athaenara 22:00, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Third Opinion

Someone requested a Third Opinion?

I am going to attempt to sum up both sides' view on the article.

Kickstart70 is arguing that there are many instances of biased statements, primarily due to a conflict of interest. Areas are just assumed to be facts and are uncited, despite there being considerable controversies regarding a number.

Benderson2 is arguing that the facts stated are a result of significant scientific research, which are clearly cited as otherwise the German wiki article on the same subject would not be as well regarded.

Firstly, I would like to point out many of the criticisms of the same article on the Wiki:

Ist mir zu POV.Eine Technologie hat nie nur Vorteile. - To me, it is too POV. The technology only has advantages.
Der Artikel ist imme noch eine POV-Katastrophe - The article is still a POV-catastrophe.
Es gibt viele ... NPOVs. - There are many NPOVs.

Using the German Wiki as an argument clearly suggests that the article is not at brilliant. Benderson, you have claimed that the articles are sourced by posting two sentences from the same article. Wikipedia is not about fact, but about Verifiability and as such 'proven and logical fact' cannot just be assumed from the article but must be proven with verifiable sources.


This article does list many of the advantages of the company and technologies mentioned. However, if many these statements are properly sourced then this would not be a problem. As such, however, much of the article just assumes some scientific ideas are proven. There are also a number of sentences that are either POV and should be removed, or just read in an overtly positive light and should be toned down a little to remove the connotation.

I would also recommend that this article is Copy-Editted, or preferably compared to the German again, at some stage because the translation from German is a little clumsy at times, which admittedly is a disadvantage when translating any text. Many of these make the article sound more POV than it actually is, for example "Nach allgemeiner Auffassung" is translated in the article as "it's certain that", where it is more accurate to say "According to general opinion".

I agree that the article also lingers on the positive, however, that is by itself no reason to take positive things out the article. It is the responsibility of those who want it included to write something for the article.

I would also like to remind Benderson2 of WP:COI which suggests that writing on something you are so heavily involved in is frowned upon as it can create arguments based on opinion rather than 'the good of the wiki'

If you have any comments on this consensus, I will try to answer them. Thankyou! Hydrostatics 22:09, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Note 1: The COI SPA issue has been posted also on Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard#User Benderson2 and TREC. — Athaenara 22:56, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
Note 2: Now archived in Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard/Archive 18#User Benderson2 and TREC. — Athaenara 12:20, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Most of the statements refer to the studies MED-CSP and TRANS-CSP wich are verifiable sources. If you want to read NPOV press articles (not press releases!) about TREC to compare the statements of the wikipedia article with, please have a look at The Guardian (also as pdf with pictures), the Solarserver and Der Stern.

There is no doupt that TREC exists and appears in the media, so deleting the article is not the correct way to fix problems with supposed POV. TREC is not a company, it is "an initiative ... in the field of renewable forms of energy" (first sentence in the arcticle), so it is a fault to include it in the list of Business-related deletions.

About the POV:

  • To save electricity from photovoltaics is much more inefficient than saving heat for CSP plants for day/night operation. Please show me another solar power technologie that's better for providing secure capacity before telling that it's just POV!
  • "Nach allgemeiner Auffassung" is translated in the article as "it's certain that", where it is more accurate to say "According to general opinion". OK, thats really my fault. If you find such expressions that can be written more neutral, then please do so. But I will not accept that someone deletes the article (or half of it) just to get rid of a concept he dislikes. Benderson2 13:24, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

The article has been nominated for deletion: See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation. — Athaenara 03:35, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Policies, guidelines and tags

Athaenara : Your very dirty tags looks like an advertisement. Be constructive, please. Why are you so destructiv and agresiv ? It's very strange. You makes pepople loosing their time - BigBrother —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 23:59, 17 August 2007 — 00:05, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

The following message was posted on my user talk page:
"Why are you putting very bad advertissments on the nice and informativ TREC article ? ~~"
—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 23:56, 17 August 2007 (UTC) diff
If you read the article history page, you will see that other neutral point of view editors have also placed those tags. If you read the policies and guidelines (such as What Wikipedia is not, among others) which are linked in the maintenance templates in the article, and in the user warning against removing them which was placed on your user talk page, you will have a better understanding of their purpose. — Athaenara 00:15, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Wrong : it was signed - BigBrother —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 00:35, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

That´s incredible : it's one of the more informativ article of all the free-encyclopedia and you are polluting it with your horrible advertissment-tags ! ~~ BigBrother —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 00:42, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Athaenara, would you please specify, what do you think seems to be advertisement? Otherwise the box should be removed. TREC doesn't sell anything.
And if you think there should be more specific references (more than mentioning two studies and several articles) you're welcome to read those studies to make those references. But it seems to me that you're not really interested in improving the article...
"BigBrother" you must Sign in first befor you get a Username, but you can also sign with four "~" Benderson2 23:22, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Athaenara pollution (3 dirty tags)

Thanks Benderson. Athaenara dont have any argument. He doesnt know what CSP is...And he is polluting this article with 3 dirty TAGS. It's sad to see a so destructiv person - BigBrother 01:24, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Please read the Wikipedia:Civility policy. — Athaenara 01:34, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

As per the What Wikipedia is not policy, maintenance templates are added to articles in this encyclopedia which are not in compliance with its Neutral point of view policy.

I added the coi2 and primarysources templates in July (here & here). Raymond arritt added the advert template in August (here). See also:

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. That's a policy here. Please read at least enough of the Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines to understand how they apply to this article rather than engaging in personal attacks on other editors (see Civility and No personal attacks policies). — Athaenara 02:40, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

I don't know who you're talking to with those comments, but I just want to say that I don't even disagree with the revert of the articleissues template, yet the suggestion that the use of it is somehow not pertinent & accurate baffles me a bit. -Theanphibian (talkcontribs) 04:59, 19 August 2007 (UTC)
Athaenara : ok for personal attacks : you are right on this point. Joke : you have to put your 3 tags on this page because it's look likes an advertissment : - " The stated aims of the United Nations are to prevent war, to safeguard human rights, to provide a mechanism for international law, and to promote social and economic progress, improve living standards and fight diseases".[ Big Brother 02:48, 20 August 2007 (UTC)


I added the {{cleanup}} tag to the article, as desperately needs a good copyedit. It is excessively wordy, uses undefined acronyms, and so on. Raymond Arritt 16:26, 21 August 2007 (UTC)


A user of the IP address—see 11:49, 21 August 2007 (UTC) edit—returned material which had been removed as per Wikipedia is not a soapbox and Wikipedia is not a crystal ball policy, removed citation needed tags, and undid revisions which had been done as per the Wikipedia:Manual of Style. (WikiProject Wikify also addresses cooperative editing goals.)

In the same edit, the user added citing sources format for some references.([1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23])

  1. ^ TREC website. Homepage of TREC (The whole contents of this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License.)
  2. ^ [?] Summary of the TREC article
  3. ^ TREC website. Listed members of TREC
  4. ^ [?] See linked articles.
  5. ^ DLR website. Described in the Summary of the TRANS-CSP Study
  6. ^ DLR website. Researched in the TRANS-CSP Study
  7. ^ (see below*) DLR website. MED-CSP Study, Numerical data, Ecobalance, Summary
  8. ^ (see below*) DLR website. TRANS-CSP Study, Numerical data, Summary
  9. ^ (see below*) DLR website. AQUA-CSP Study in progress
  10. ^ They signed declarations of intent. Example for Morocco
  11. ^ DLR website. Described in the Summary of the MED-CSP Study
  12. ^ DLR website. Researched in the MED-CSP Study
  13. ^ Greenpeace website. Report of Greenpeace: Concentrated Solar Thermal Power - Now!
  14. ^ Memorandum about the potential of solar power plants
  15. ^ (see below*) List of HVDC projects. List of HVDC projects. All connections can be googled.
  16. ^ (see below*) Solar Energy Generating Systems. Article about the "Solar Energy Generating Systems". There are enough references and external links.
  17. ^ TREC website. Described in the report "Concentrating Solar Power Now" by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  18. ^ [?] See linked articles.
  19. ^ (see below*) Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for the Environment, mentions the CSP projects in MENA, calls the idea of the DESERTEC Concept as "ground-breaking" and campaigns for it in his opening speech to the Ministerial Conference under the German Presidency of the EU (at PDF Page 5 & 6), 19.04.2007
  20. ^ TREC website. Part of a White Book that will be presented in November 2007 to the EU Parliament. Downloadable main chapters already peer reviewed by Leading Authors of the IPCC-Reports
  21. ^ TREC website. Gaza Project proposal conducted by several institutes
  22. ^ (see below*) German Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministery for the Environment (BMU) Michael Müller mentioned TREC his speech to the European Conference "Integrating Environment, Development and Conflict Prevention" in a very complaisant way and campaigns for TREC's "Gaza Solar Water & Power Project" (in Part III), 29.03.2007
  23. ^ TREC website. Sana'a Project proposal conducted by several institutes

Because some may be useable as per verifiability policy, I have listed them here with {{reflist}} display format for review by neutral point of view editors. — Athaenara 16:49, 21 August 2007 (UTC) (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) changed (diff) the content of my post in violation of talk page guidelines. I have restored it. — Athaenara 17:27, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
I just updated two references (as in the article) so we can discuss them. It was well meant. 17:34, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Added* both the List of HVDC projects and Solar Energy Generating Systems to the see also section. Wikipedia articles cannot be used as references. Question: what are "Summary of the TREC article" and "See linked articles" in citations 2, 4 & 18 above intended to convey as references? — Athaenara 20:01, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Added* citation for March 2007 speech by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (Germany) official. — Athaenara 21:12, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Added* citation (non-PDF version) of Sigmar Gabriel speech which mentioned German Aerospace Center studies. The speech did not mention TREC. — Athaenara 18:00, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Added three citations (not on above list) and removed duplicate links. — Athaenara 19:47, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Added* citations for three German Aerospace Center ("DLR") Institute of Technical Thermodynamics studies. Note: none mention TREC. — Athaenara 21:04, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Added inline format for citation of brief discussion in 2006 of two DLR reports on, the last of the refsection cleanup. IMPORTANT: Most of the article still duplicates TREC website content; it is fundamentally a press release. — Athaenara 21:48, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Added citation for June 2006 Yemen Times article. Note: nearly every citation suggested below by TREC's webmaster and marketing advisor, Benderson2, is affiliated with TREC and/or with the DLR (German Aerospace Center). These are not the reliable sources unaffiliated with the subject which are required (see Primarysources). — Athaenara 00:07, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Added UNEP citation for Prince Hassan bin Al Talal. — Athaenara 20:20, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Added inline citations for TREC website, "TREC Development Group," German Club of Rome, Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation, German Advisory Council on Global Change. — Athaenara 03:25, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

Added citations (two days ago) for TREC participation in National Energy Research Center (NERC, Jordan) conferences in 2004 and 2005. — Athaenara 22:56, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Added citation for transcript (hosted on Solarserver Forum for Solar Energy website) of interview with Dr. Gerhard Knies on BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight.Athaenara 22:52, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

"Nearly every"

"Nearly every" is not correct. Not even half of the references I suggested is affiliated with TREC. Most are from third party peer reviews, UNEP, an official speech already accepted as source and so on. And the rest is ok as long as there are enough "third-party published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy" ( see ). You should read the article policies first before you refer on them.Benderson2 08:54, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

My comment about Benderson2's suggestions (which he posted at 10:04, 12:39, 12:42, 12:44, 14:10, 16:40, 24 August 2007 UTC) referred to the list as it was displayed at 00:07, 25 August 2007 UTC when I posted that I had added the Yemen Times citation. That list then included:
  • 9 affiliated sources — DLR (4x), TREC (3x), Club of Rome (2x).
  • 3 unaffiliated sources — Sigmar Gabriel; UNEP; Yemen Times.
Benderson2 changed the list several hours later. — Athaenara 20:20, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

References suggested by Benderson2
  • "TREC was founded in 2003 by" see (TREC founding paper). Uwe Möller is the Secretary General of The Club of Rome. The website of the German Association for The Club of Rome has a direct link to the website of TREC. -> to External links
  • "TREC has been involved in[citation needed] the conduct of two German Aerospace Center studies". Little hint: compare the members page of TREC with the scientific institutes listet under "Co-operation:" at the websites of the studies.
  • "and Tunisia have shown an interest" Tunisia has begone negotiations with Italy for a HVDC connection for clean power transmission. I don't know if you find an article, but I know it from the the Italian embassy in Germany.
  • "day when fossil fuels run out" see article Peak Oil and its references or just think about it: fossil fuels grow again slower than they are burned --> one day they are depleted.
  • Benefits for "people in the Middle East and North Africa" and "If the renewable sources of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa were combined..." see summary and study TRANS-CSP or the peer reviewed main chapters of the white book you may find at the homepage of TREC.
  • "Those two studies, commissioned by" see on top of and or in the speech of Sigmar Gabriel.
  • "ABB Siemens Europe-Middle East-North Africa connection is technically feasible" is documented on video by the Hannover Messe. Alternatively look at the peer review by the employee of ABB. Also the HVDC map used in the TRANS-CSP study is a picture from ABB.
  • may be a good reference for the water problems in Sana'a (also mentioning TREC and the high costs of pumping the water from the coast to Sana'a (but without writing that building new settlements would be much more expensive))
  • Involvement of HRH Prince el Hassan bin Talal, president of The Club of Rome is mentioned here -> to External links
  • New: At you find many things about the foundation of TREC
  • New: Speech of Sigmar Gabriel: approving the Italy Tunisia HVDC Connection, EU-MENA-Connection technically feasable,...
  • New:

Benderson2 08:54, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Edit warring and 3RR

Three (so far) IP addresses are engaging in edit warring (see Edit war) and risking blocks for violations of the three-revert rule. — Athaenara 17:17, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Some users complain about missing references and delete them (and half of the article) as soon as I add them. Thats Wikipedia:Vandalism! 17:24, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Most of the citations you formatted are affiliated with the subject of the article. The policies which apply to this situation have been posted here and described more than once. Please read them. — Athaenara 17:29, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Please have a look at IPCC notes and references. You can't write a good article about a report or a study without refering to it. If you want to read peer reviews about the studies to check their reliability, you may download this zip file. I'm sure you didn't read one of the references before your did your reverts! 17:55, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Editing wikipedia 10 hours a day, 7 days per week. Neither a woman nor a job, poor boy!? Just getting ego-boosts by quoting the rules!? Or getting payed for your edits? But who would pay a penny for editing biographies of lousy unknown musicians... 08:26, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Cool down or your'll get blocked. Benderson2 14:18, 22 August 2007 (UTC)