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Audi Partners with Desertec

In an attempt to increase its involvement in the renewable electricity sector, German carmaker Audi announced today it has signed a partnership agreement with the Desertec Industrial Initiative, an international consortium working to ensure security of energy supplies, promote economic development, and stabilize the world’s climate.

“When at Audi we speak of sustainable mobility, we are looking at the entire energy balance”, Rupert Stadler, Audi chairman of the board said in a release.

“Electric cars from Audi will run on sustainably produced electricity. To achieve this goal we’re supporting the development of solar- and wind-driven power plants.”

Aside from the already announced plans to introduce its first small-series electric car to the market in 2012, Audi is using its entire business to chip in for the collective effort. Audi is using photovoltaic panels on its roofs and plans the addition of an extra 14,000 megawatt hours from wind power.

The goal of Desertec is to establish itself as "a source of knowledge and expertise about all matters relating to the DESERTEC Concept." Basically, the group wants to make use of solar energy and wind energy in the deserts in North Africa and the Middle East. According to Gerhard Knies, the coordinator of the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC), Earth's deserts receive in six hours more energy from the sun than the entire world is able to consume in a full year.

"We want to act as “awareness raiser”, “catalyst” and “barrier remover” to pave the way for DESERTEC developments. One of the most useful things we can do is to work with national governments and political bodies like the EU and similar bodies all over the world, to create the right framework of laws and regulations, and to ensure that there is a good framework of incentives for DESERTEC developments," the group says on its website.
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