Greentech Media, August 29, 2016
With Hinkley Point’s future uncertain, the U.K. weighs all its renewable energy options.
MAN LONDON, April 22, 2016
Solar power from the searing sands of Tunisia to your home in the UK. Who said the Sahara was a desert?
ESTELA, February 4, 2015
Ouarzazate, Morocco – Solar thermal electricity (STE) could supply as much as 12 percent of the world’s power needs by 2050, given the right conditions, according to a new report. The report, Solar Thermal Electricity Global Outlook 2016, 4 th Edition, is released today by Greenpeace International, SolarPACES and ESTELA (European Solar Thermal Electricity Association). It also shows how STE could create millions of jobs.
The Ecologist - February 2015
As the UK's nuclear dream fades, writes Chris Goodall, investors are turning to the possibilities of 'Concentrating Solar Power' in the Sahara connected to Europe by HVDC power lines. The cost would be much lower than nuclear or offshore wind, and provide reliable baseload capacity. With the UK government's say so, Tunisian sunshine could soon be powering our grid.
Power Technology - February 2015
The potential for electricity interconnection to the UK doesn't stop at Europe. One ambitious project in Tunisia is hoping to win a contract for difference (CFD) from the UK government to bring 2GW of concentrated solar power to the UK.
Thomson Reuters - October 2014
CSP Today - July 2014
The Pulse - July 2014
Kevin Sara, Chief Executive Officer at Nur Energie, talks with Guy Johnson about the technology behind the challenge of supplying Europe with solar energy gathered in the African desert and its potential to decarbonize the European grid with cheaper electricity than off-shore wind.
CSP Today - July 2014
Low Carbon, a private investment company that invests into renewable energy developers and projects, recently increased its stake in Nur Energie; a move that will help speed up a plan to export clean energy to Europe by 2018.
Increasing the integration of electricity from renewable sources presents new challenges for the entire European transmission system. Expansion has become unavoidable. In order to achieve the ambitious climate targets, remote wind farms and solar installations in the North Sea or Africa have to be connected to the grid.
Climate Parliament - May 2014
Economical and sustainable opportunities can exist for linking the European and North African renewable energy systems, experts have underlined at a Climate Parliament symposium in Paris on the 29th of April at the French Assemblée Nationale.
The Telegraph - April 9 2014.
The Telegraph published an article on how solar power is competitive with fossil fuels in certain regions in the world and on how in the long term will dominate the energy mix.
Energy intelligence - July 2013
Energy intelligence published in its July issue “Tunisia Eyes Renewables, Efficiency as Gas output declines” where it depicts the energy situation in Tunisia and the strategies to face gas reserves decline and energy demand increase. These include renewable energy mix objectives and energy efficiency. As part of Tunisia energy strategy, solar export is being considered through the launch of TuNur project which is currently being considered for an agreement with the Tunisian Government.
The Energy Industry Times- February 2013
Dr. Till Stenzel and Kevin Sara, respectively CEO and Chairman of TuNur Ltd, published in The Energy Industry Times an article about the realization of the vision of exporting solar power from North Africa to Europe through the TuNur project. The article explains the advantages of CSP compared to other renewable energy such as PV and wind. TuNur project is the first gigawatt-scale solar export project between Tunisia and Europe which has already achieved major milestones. It is also endorsed by DESERTEC Foundation and already many multilateral banks and strategic equity investors have declared their interest in financing this project.
On the 8th of February 2013, Tunisian daily newspapers La Presse and El Maghreb published articles explaining the TuNur project and the technology deployed, clarifying the water and the land issues and stressing on its positive impacts especially environmental and economic. Both articles highlight the impatience and the support of local people to the implementation of the project.
CSP World - December 19 2012.
The European Commission has approved over €1.2 billion to fund 23 innovative renewable energy demonstration projects under the first call for proposals for the NER300 funding programme. Regarding Concentrated Solar Power technology, four projects have been awarded including the MINOS project in Greece.
CNBC - June 7 2012. By Jen Alic, Oilprice.com
In an article outlining the potential for renewable energy, and more speciailly concentrated solar power, in the Middle East and North Africa, TuNur is flagged up as one of two real major projects happening in North Africa.
The Tunur project, once built. will be the worlds largest solar export project and will generate twice as much electricty as a standard nuclear plant.
TUNISIALIVE - February 8 2012. By Bernard Yaros
If Europe decides to turn away from nuclear and other sources of energy, as current trends tend to indicate, where will the continent look to power its future? Some say: Tunisia.
TuNur, a joint-venture company between NurEnergie, a solar power plant developer based in England, and a collection of Tunisian investors, has seized upon the unmet export market of solar energy from Tunisia to Europe. It establishes the first solar export scheme between Tunisia and Europe.
OILPRICE - January 27 2012. By James Burgess
It seems that more and more large, renewable energy projects are being announced each day. The most recent is a giant solar power plant that will be built by Top Oilfield Services, a Tunisian oil and gas engineering company, and Nur Energie, a British solar firm. The project, called TuNur, will consist of a two gigawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) park.
SMARTPLANET - January 27 2012. By Mark Halper
Top Oilfield Services, a Tunisian oil and gas engineering company, is joining with Nur Energie - a British solar firm with a French name - to build a giant solar park in the Tunisian desert that will transmit electricity under the Mediterranean to Italy.
The joint venture, called TuNur, plans 2 gigawatts of capacity, nearly equal to 2 modern nuclear power stations.
GREENPHROPHET - Janaury 25 2012. By Susan Kraemer
Wow, the Desertec vision is barreling into realization! A clean energy future where the world’s deserts supply huge amounts of solar energy to the whole of humankind is truly becoming reality. Now the fourth Desertec project, by far the largest-ever solar plant in the world – for 2,000 MW of solar power – is to be built in Tunisia. The plant will produce twice the amount of power of an average nuclear power plant.
BLOOMBERG - May 9 2011
In an article looking at the future of the UK energy supply David Kennedy, CEO of the Commitee on Climate Change states that the UK Government should look at cheaper ways of meeting the EU targets by such means as "buying renewable energy certificates from other European nations, and purchasing concentrated solar power from a project being developed in Tunisia by London-based Nur Energie Ltd."
SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES - January 21 2011A United Kingdom-based utility is licensing BrightSource Energy’s solar thermal technology to build a 38 megawatt power plant on the Greek Island of Crete.
CSP TODAY - January 28 2011
CSP Today speaks to Kevin Sara, founder and managing director of CSP developer, Nur Energie, about the logistics of developing CSP plants in the Greek islands, and to get the latest update on its plans to build a mega 2GW CSP plant in Tunisia.
This week, Nur-MOH SA, a joint venture between CSP developer Nur Energie and Greek energy heavyweight Motor Oil (Helas), was given the green light by Greek regulatory authorities to build a 38MW CSP plant on the island of Crete. The project, which will deploy BrightSource Energy’s LPT 500 technology, is poised to be the largest CSP tower installation in Europe.Please click here for the interview.
Till Stenzel, COO of Nur Energie, publishes a detailed review of the challenges and opportunities of a solar export project from North Africa to Europe.
The article was published in the "Oxford Energy Forum" Issue 79. Please click here to go to the OEF website.