12th session of the UNIDO General Conference

The Sahara Wind project presented at the UNIDO 12th General Conference during the UNIDO-ICHET side event on December 6, 2007. 

All Member States meet every two years at the General Conference, the superior legislative organ of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO, which approves the budget and work programme and provides guidance on key substantive issues.

Twelfth Session of the UNIDO General Conference took place from 3 to 7 December 2007 in the Austria Center Vienna with the overall theme "Industrial Development in a Changing Global Landscape". The Conference brought together some 1000 participants, including Heads of State and Government, Ministers and other high-level government officials and senior representatives of other United Nations organizations. An important feature will be a high-level moderated Forum on the three thematic priorities of UNIDO: Poverty reduction, Trade Capacity-Building, Energy and Environment

Wind Energy as Catalyst for Regional Development, WWEC2007 Argentina

The Sahara Wind project presented at the VI World Wind Energy Conference in Mar Del Plata, Argentina 4-7th October 2007.

The Sahara Wind project’s Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Access in North Africa were presented under “Wind Energy as Catalyst for Regional Development" during the 6th World Wind Energy Conference in Mar Del Plata Argentina. The conference was attended by more than 500 high-level delegates from 40 countries to discuss recent developments, successful policies as well as future perspectives of wind energy utilization.

Publication de l'AIE "Partager la Vision Européenne de l'Economie Hydrogène"


L’Agence Internationale de l’Energie (AIE) viens de publier son rapport sur la mise en place d’une Economie basée sur l’Hydrogène dont la recherche est coordonnée au niveau du Partenariat Mondial pour une Economie d’Hydrogène (IPHE). Ce rapport intitulé « Building the Hydrogen Economy: Enabling Infrastructure Development - Part II: Sharing the European Vision » fait partie d’une série d’ateliers dont le second a eu lieu les 10-12 Juillet 2007 à Paris au siège de l’Agence Internationale de l’Energie.

The report can also be downloaded directly under: https://www.saharawind.com/documents/IEA.Hydrogen.Workshop.Report.

This publication was prepared by the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Office of Energy Technology and R&D. The authors of this publication are Dr. Robert K. Dixon, Head, Energy Technology and Policy Division, IEA, Ms. Emily Glenn, IEA, Mr. Tom Gross, IF LLC, Mr. Nicolas Lymberopoulos, UNIDO-ICHET, Mr. Khalid Benhamou, Sahara Wind Inc., Dr. Paul Leiby, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Mr. Michael Mills, U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. Richard Scheer, Energetics Incorporated and Ms. Simone Brinkmann, IEA. The information and ideas contained in this document are based upon the IEA and the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) joint workshop on July 10-12 in Paris, France titled “Building the Hydrogen Economy: Enabling Infrastructure Development/ Part II: Sharing the European Vision.”

Energy Independence: Powered by Wind WWEC2006 New Delhi, India

The Sahara Wind project presented at the 5th World Wind Energy Conference in New Delhi, India on November 06th 2006.

Inaugurated by H.E. DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM, the Honorable President of India, the 5th World Wind Energy Conference was held under the theme of ‘Energy Independence: Powered by Wind’. During this event, the Sahara Wind project was presented under the title “Integrating Wind Power in Africa: Case Studies of Morocco and Egypt Africa’s Wind Pioneers”. The presentation took place during the first session dedicated to national policies & markets.

Integrating Hydrogen for Sustainable Development

The Sahara Wind project's Hydrogen energy component presented at the International Seminar on the Hydrogen Economy for Sustainable Development on 27-29 September 2006 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Complementary to Phase 1 of the Sahara Wind project, “Hydrogen Energy as a Comprehensive Approach Integrating Energy Systems for Sustainable Development” was presented at the International Seminar on the Hydrogen Economy for Sustainable Development. Co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs UN-DESA and the Government of Iceland, the Seminar took place during the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy IPHE 6th Steering Committee Meeting on September 26-27th 2006.


As its original project concept developer and in partnership with Morocco’s Center for Development of Renewable Energies, Sahara Wind established the Joint UNDP-GEF-WB PIMS # 3292 ‘Morocco: Sahara Wind Phase I/Tarfaya (400-500 MW) on –Grid Wind Electricity in a Liberalized Market’ Project Development Facility PDF-B. Under Pipeline 19, the project is submitted to the  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Global Environment Facility (GEF) - WORLD-BANK on February 04th 2005.

The full Joint UNDP-GEF-WB PIMS # 3292 document can be downloaded under:


Spreading awareness of wind opportunities in North Africa

The Sahara Wind project presented at the 2nd World Wind Energy Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on November 24th 2003.

Focusing on how to bring wind energy developments to African countries, the conference brought over 120 high-level government representatives, leading international scientists and experienced entrepreneurs from 33 different countries. Speakers presented accounts, case studies and success stories of the development of wind energy in their respective countries. The Sahara Wind project was presented under “Policies for the future: spreading awareness of wind opportunities (North Africa)”.

Behold, the Latest Wind Megaproject, In Morocco

Think energy megaprojects are passé? Check out www.Saharawind.com, a private development group based in Morocco. They want to build 5 GW of wind in the Sahara Desert and ship the juice to Europe via monster undersea D.C. transmission lines. “In the run-up to the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in September, it looks more and more like there will be problems with defining concrete further steps—and the European Union should have some concrete projects it can support. The Saharawind project represents a unique example of power integration opportunity between both continents.”

The Sahara Wind project presented at the European Parliament

At the invitation of Green MEP Claude Turmes, the Sahara Wind project is presented at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 20th, 2002.

The presentation was followed by a question session, raising a numbers of technical issues. To assist in answering them Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of Sahara Wind was accompanied by Dr. Gregor Czisch who holds a PhD in electrical engineering. The latter was obtained on a "Scenarios for a Future Electricity Supply – Cost-Optimized Approaches to Supplying Europe and its Neighbours with Electricity from Renewable Energies" thesis dissertation, for which he was awarded a summa cum laude distinction.


1st World Renewable Energy Policy and Strategy Forum 2002

Sahara Wind at the 1st World Renewable Energy Policy and Strategy Forum 2002- Renewable Energies: Agenda 1 of the Agenda 21, Berlin June 13-15th, 2002

The Forum enabled the elaboration of an Action Plan for the Global Proliferation of Renewable Energy. The document states the critical link between energy systems and the development of societies. Limits of the fossil/nuclear energy system were made relevant compared to Renewable Energy as a possible complete alternative. This laid the ground of a new energy paradigm. As a result, a set of recommendations were elaborated to facilitate this historical energy transition.

Sahara Wind project presented at Third Africa-US Ministerial Conference

The Sahara Wind project presented in the Renewable Energy for Africa session of the 3rd Africa-US Energy Ministerial Conference June 5th 2002, in Casablanca Morocco.

Attended by the Ministers of Energy of Africa and the U.S. Secretary of Energy, under the theme 'Energy Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Energy Security and Regional Integration' the conference focused on the development of the energy sector in African economies. Its objective is to support accessible, environmentally safe, and affordable energy supplies on the continent. The conference aimed at enhancing the dialogue among public and private sector representatives on key energy issues. It also reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-African Energy Ministerial processes in its ability to help promote democracy, good governance, human rights, trade investment, and global integration.


EU-Morocco electricity imports for access to cost-competitive wind power

Written question in March 1999 by Mr. Dietrich Elchlepp Member of the European Parliement to the EU-Commission regarding the possibility of co-financing a feasibility study on importing electricity from the Sahara coastline into the European Grid. “ This would provide an essential condition enabling the production of non-polluting, cost-competitive electricity …”. This question was asked at the request of Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of Sahara Wind.

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