Millennium Energy Project


The idea of building a dam between Spain and Morocco is nearly hundred years old when rising sea levels due to climate change were not yet seriously discussed and the energy problem with dwindling fossil fuels was not an urgent topic. The original idea of German architect Hermann Sörgel, called ATLANTROPIA, was simply to reclaim land along the Mediterranean coastline by lowering the Mediterranean sea level from evaporation at least 100 m and to produce hydropower by the inflowing water from the Atlantic ocean. Sörgel’s considerable sea level reduction plan was an utopia because it disregarded the Suez canal with its 24 m depth, nor the Red Sea opening to the Indian Ocean was regarded, flooding the Mediterranean region and Red Sea from the South.

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The original Gibraltar project
(about 28 km sea dam)

The Dutch Ljsselmeer project
(29 km sea dam)

A number of people pursued later the same idea with no avail and various bridge and tunnel projects were proposed, not considering the crucial problem of sea level rise. The many successful dams around the world ranging up to 300 m height at Grande-Dixence in Switzerland and up to 29 km length to protect Holland from the rising North Sea level and spring tides, prove the feasibility of the MEDSHILD and REDSHILD projects.

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Panama ship locks

Ljsselmeer dam in the Netherlands