In December 2011, "Desertec Industrial Initiative" signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned Algerian energy supply company, Sonelgaz. The aim of this cooperation is to drive forward possibilities for developing renewable energies, to support Algeria’s renewable energy strategy and enable cooperation with Europe in reference projects, such as in the form of export agreements. The cooperation between Sonelgaz and Dii is focussing on identifying reference projects with a total capacity of 1 GW – of which 900 MW will be for export purposes and 100 MW for local consumption. In this context, all relevant technologies will be investigated (CSP: parabolic troughs, solar towers and Fresnel reflectors, photovoltaics and onshore wind energy), possible power plant locations identified and the necessary grid expansion and transmission power lines to Europe outlined.
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