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Sunny Egypt Interested in Wind Power ^ | 05/11/2011 | John Daly

Posted on 11/07/2011 6:04:02 PM PST by bananaman22

Egypt currently has a total electricity capacity of about 23,500 megawatts, which the government hopes to increase to 58,000 megawatts by 2027.

A prime potential element in increasing this electrical output?


One might think, given Egypt’s climate, solar?

Wrong again – wind power, which currently contributes less than 1 percent to Egypt’s energy mix.

In 2003 Egypt had its wind potential assessed and published a wind atlas, which found that with wind speeds of 7-10 meters per second, almost the entire nation was ideal for wind power installations, with the country’s best areas being along the Gulf of Suez coast. Two years later the atlas’s coverage was expanded to mapping the country’s wind potential in detail and determined that large desert regions both to the east and the west of the Nile River, as well as parts of Sinai, have average annual wind speeds of 7-8 meters per second.

Three years ago, the government of former President Hosni Mubarak approved a progressive and ambitious project by 2020 to produce 20 percent of its energy from renewables, with 12 percent being generated by wind power. Mubarak’s cabinet approved incentives for wind power development, including exemption from customs duties and 20 to 25 year power purchase agreements with government guarantees, a policy that the country’s new transitional government has endorsed.

According to the World Bank, if the policy comes to fruition, then Egypt will realize a 7,200 megawatt wind power capacity, cut vehicle emissions through improved public transportation, and make industry more energy efficient.

Jonathan Walters, transport and energy manager for the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa regions, said that “high and persistent” winds in the Gulf of Suez suggest Egypt has “excellent potential for wind power – among the best in the world.”

The European Union’s Clean Development Mechanism Full article at: Sunny Egypt Interested in… Wind Power

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: egypt; solarenergy; windpower

1 posted on 11/07/2011 6:04:09 PM PST by bananaman22
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To: steelyourfaith


2 posted on 11/07/2011 6:14:43 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: bananaman22

cut vehicle emissions through improved public transportation

If you’ve ever been to Cairo you will see what wishful thinking the above is. 18 million people all in cars all at the same lanes!

Oh, also good luck getting 12% over your energy from wind. Remember you are Egypt not Never Never Land.

3 posted on 11/07/2011 6:20:53 PM PST by Recon Dad ("The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary.")
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To: bananaman22

Solar arrays for Newcastle?

4 posted on 11/07/2011 6:27:43 PM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: bananaman22
Sunny Egypt is more interested in nuclear power.
The sort used to make big bangs.
5 posted on 11/07/2011 7:02:03 PM PST by StormEye
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To: bananaman22

the constant blowing sand would be a problem for the solar panels

the deserts also have dunes that will ‘move’ overnight due to the wind

of course, I believe they really want nuclear for weapons capability

6 posted on 11/07/2011 7:19:58 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Army Air Corps; golux; proud_yank; Bockscar; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx for the ping AAC !


Beam me to Planet Gore !

7 posted on 11/07/2011 7:30:43 PM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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