Atlantropa – Endless Energy from the Mediterranean Sea


  • Felix Mauch TUM School of Education, Technische Universität München, Germany


Atlantropa united a technological utopia with political visions of reform. The German architect Sörgel proposed building a giant dam across the Strait of Gibraltar to create the largest hydroelectric facility in the world and solve all of Europe's energy problems. The consequences of this large-scale project would have included serious ecological damage and environmental disasters. With the emergence of nuclear energy, which also appeared to offer a solution to the energy problem, this scheme was eventually abandoned. However, other gigantic dam projects have since been carried out around the world.

Author Biography

Felix Mauch, TUM School of Education, Technische Universität München, Germany

Felix Mauch studied modern history and cultural geography at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He received his MA from the University of Freiburg in 2008. In his final thesis, he researched the relationship between cultural identity and urban space, deepening his interest in the interrelation of society and its environment. At the Rachel Carson Center, he will continue to develop his findings in the field of historical disaster research.