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Dii Desert Energy is an independent, international, industry network operating from Dubai. With its footprint in MENA, it is connecting people, countries and clean energy markets globally, paving the way for “net zero emission”, secure and affordable energy from the deserts.
Dii Desert Energy aims at transforming the energy systems in desert areas of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in a holistic way, benefitting from the knowledge, expertise, and business connections from its professional staff and partners, including a top-level Advisory Board. Dii’s team consists of well-respected senior figures in the international energy market, with experience in (green) energy industry management, projects, investments, regulations and public policy.
Dii GmbH, the legal entity of Dii Desert Energy, was launched in 2009 as an industry initiative in Germany (formerly ‘Desertec Industrial Initiative’) for accelerating the energy transition in the MENA region and export of “net zero emission” energy.

In 2012, Dii Desert Energy publishes the first major study ‘Desert Power 2050’, modelling a future energy system between Europe, Middle East and Africa, relying on almost 100% renewable energy. In 2015, Dii Desert Energy moves to Dubai to help developing the local regional market, by identifying and solving practical hurdles. In 2019, Dii celebrates the 10th anniversary and launches ‘Desertec 3.0’. Once the domestic needs have been sufficiently satisfied with emission free energy, MENA will become a ‘Powerhouse’ of emission-free energy, both electrical power (electrons) and gases, fuels or solids (molecules), serving the world energy markets. This is being recognized in the market under the umbrella of ‘Desertec 3.0’ approach.

In early 2020, Dii Desert Energy launched the MENA Hydrogen Alliance, which brings together private and public sector actors as well as science and academia to kick-start green hydrogen economies. The Alliance provides a platform for partners to meet and discuss pathways forward, to formulates common studies and connect producers and off-takers. The alliance acts as an impartial advisor to promote pilot projects in the region, elaborates (potential) business cases and structure for large projects, proposes the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks, and educates different stakeholders on all relevant aspects of the hydrogen value chain, from ‘source to sink’, including export of virtual (renewable and carbon characteristics) and physical energy carriers.

In 2023 Dii Desert Energy launched a new initiative, the ‘ZETA EMISSION TRADERS ALLIANCE’, based in Dubai. Its aim is to create a global platform for energy traders supporting in particular Dii’s “no emissions” mission. ZETA will, thus, help energy markets and energy traders to reduce and avoid “greenhouse” effects based on market principles. In this context, Dii Desert Energy is giving guidance to climate neutral emission free energy traders, energy suppliers and the off-takers community with a footprint in MENA.

Dii Desert Energy is connecting the regional and international industry with authorities and institutions and focuses in particular on practical conditions along the emission-free energy value chains. Dii’s platform of more than 110 companies and organizations from over 35 countries is mobilizing top executives, government decision makers, R&D institutions and academia.

Our Mission: No Emissions!

Sustainable Ports Roundtable, hosted by Addleshaw Goddard (March 2023, Dubai)

Energy Transition Think Tank
Dii Desert Energy is an independent, international and industry-led network. Landmark studies on emerging topics are widely quoted and recognized in the market. Dii Toolkit and costs models became a standard in the market; ministries of energy use the models.
At the Dii Partner meeting, hosted by thyssenkrupp (May 2022, Essen)

By Invitation only Network

Dii Desert Energy is a consolidated by invitation only network of executives: the most established ‘doers of the projects’: key developers, utilities and investors. We create concrete business opportunities for our partners. We act as impartial advisor of technical committees and reviewer of strategies.
Our President Paul van Son, visiting NewCom’s wind farm in Mongolia (July 2023)

Knowledge Sharing and Project Accelerator Platform

Dii Desert Energy brings together leading energy companies, but most importantly it connects industry captains to share knowledge, forge strategic partnerships and implement tangible projects in a de-risked environment. It acts as platform to amplify strategic initiatives and attract potential trustworthy business partners on climate action and technology innovation.
Our Director of External Relations visiting KAUST Campus (July 2023, Saudi Arabia)

Market Enabler

Dii Desert Energy acts as a market enabler to impact the ecosystem and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy projects in MENA at an early stage. Dii is led by the private sector, but it acts as a catalyst between government entities and private companies. Dii is a collaborative public-private ‘platform’ for discussion and the Dii’s community acts as ‘convener’.

Our Mission: No Emissions!

Dii Desert Energy has been pioneering the energy transition in the MENA region since 2009