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The transition to a fully renewable powered energy system in the MENA region



The transition to a fully renewable powered energy system is possible as shown by authoritative studies of autonomous universities.

In the last blog we presented a study that deals with the subject with objective data that demonstrate without a shadow of doubt that a transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy is not only technically possible, but also convenient from an economic point of view.

We will now analyze by geographical areas the current energy situation and the growth prospects of the use of renewable energies and their success as the prevailing sources of energy. First of all we proceed by dividing the globe into macro areas and for what concerns in particular the photovoltaic map of the solar irradiation of the same.

 

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One of the key regions in terms of growth potential and that in the future will play a key role in the global economy is the one called MENA and that includes the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

This region plays a fundamental role for two factors: the first is that it potentially has the greatest capacity in all the other areas of the globe to make the most of its territory to make a transition to renewable energy (in particular photovoltaic and wind); the second is that it contains the majority of the nations with the highest economic growth rates in the world.

However, the MENA region also has major problems. it is one of the regions that most undergoes the effects of climate change, has large percentages of the population that does not have access to electricity and has for centuries been linked to the exploitation of the depleting natural resources that are the basis of the production of energy from non-renewable sources.

Fortunately, in recent years the governments of the main MENA countries have provided energy programs with the aim of achieving a transition as quickly as possible towards renewable energies such as for example the UAE the Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, foresees to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.

These energy programs are the basis of the future of our planet, but although they are a fundamental first step towards the transition to a 100% renewable energy use they underestimate what could already be done today. To realize what is today the use of energy sources and what in 2050 could and should be the normality in a region like MENA we rely on the graphics that illustrates the possible and desirable energy repositioning towards the 100% renewable transition.

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