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Connecting the Iran-Iraq-Syria Grid —
What About Incorporating Large Solar Arrays in the Deserts as well?

Dear GENI Friend,

The rebuilding of Iraq has begun, although there are disagreements over the speed and governing authority. In the aftermath of war, the challenge of repairing the electric networks, communication systems, water supply and sewer lines must be enormous.

Buried in our newspaper earlier this month was a headline that seemed impossible until now: "Iraq Proposes to Buy Electricity from Iran and Syria". You will recall that Iran and Iraq were at war a decade ago, and these nations have been under economic embargo for many years. In nations with sporadic electricity supply, interconnections offer the potential of export/import of power, while adding reliability to the entire network. This multinational cooperation would be a breakthrough in the Middle East.

In addition, the deserts of the Middle East are bathed in solar radiation daily — enough to power all their domestic needs. Years ago, GENI participated in a Japanese workshop on Very Large Solar Photovoltaic Arrays deployed in the world's deserts, using high-voltage DC transmission to deliver this electricity to cities around the world. (A recent book has just become available on this: "Energy from the Desert", by Professor Kosuke Kurokawa.) As you can see, this same concept is getting strong advocacy by Buckyball founder, Richard Smalley. These global thinkers agree that our energy sources must change if we hope to meet societal needs sustainably, offering a compelling solution very much in line with the GENI Initiative.

We are encouraged by these developments. They illustrate positive commitments and hopeful strategies for a better world. But as Buckminster Fuller stated, it is "touch and go," with no guarantee that we'll solve our grand problems before they overtake our response. Your commitment matters, and I thank you for supporting our work. You help us in making this solution available to all.

Please vote with your dollars by investing in the sustainability of our planet.

Peter Meisen


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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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