UncleEbenezer wrote:dspp wrote:You are describing Desertec, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertec which so far has failed to progress. I think that there needs to be some form of constraint at the load-centre end to make these projects sufficiently attractive to be worth pursuing. In Singapore that consrtraint is land/water area, of which Singapore does not have a great deal. In contrast Europe is not short of suitable land near the load centres.
Up to a point, Lord Copper. There are lots of demands on Europe's land. And Singapore itself is a city state, but is adjacent to the peninsula of Malaysia and with it the continent of Asia.
Iceland has long exported its abundant geothermal (and hydro) energy, not by running a cable to somewhere, but by running highly energy-intensive industries such as aluminium smelting. I'm guessing this more-ambitious project implies hopes of exporting on a larger scale!
I have seen it suggested in the past the Iceland could in fact be the equivalent of KSA in the hydrogen economy. I find it a bit hard to take in, I think liquid H2 is rather more risky than liquid methane (LNG) shipping.