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Jordan: Four Demonstration Plants for Solar Air Conditioning Commissioned

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 29, 2017
Petra Guest House JordanJordan is showing rapidly increasing demand for air-conditioning. Total annual emissions from cooling commercial buildings add up to 600,000 tonnes of CO2, an amount equal to emissions from about 120,000 passenger vehicles per year. This has prompted the German Agency for International Cooperation to initiate the project Solar Cooling in Industry and Commerce in Jordan. The German Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) played a key role in this transfer of technology and know-how for the planning and installation as well as monitoring of four solar-driven air-conditioning systems in public and private buildings. The photo shows the 388 m² collector field which was commissioned at Petra Guest House in February 2015, around the same time as the one at German Jordanian University.
Photo: GIZ 

IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 5, 2015
Arcon-Sunmark ChileIndustry participation is key for the research work of IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. Hence, the researchers of Task 49, Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes, used the last meeting in France in mid-September to hold a one-day workshop dedicated to Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes (SHIP) in cooperation with French start-up Energy Service Company Sunti. In Montpellier, SHIP 2015 gathered experts from the solar process heat collector industry, researchers, government and non-government organisations, as well as representatives for potential customers. Customers were particularly interested in the economic feasibility of systems. A wide variety of plants and operation data was presented. The photo shows the installation of the world’s largest solar process heat plant at the Gaby copper mine in Chile. Each year, the plant saves 6,500 tonnes of diesel, which would have had to be transported by 250 trucks through the desert.
Photo: Arcon-Sunmark
 

Israel: Front runner in Solar Building Code with Strong Impact on Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 13, 2015
Total installed collector area per inhabitantThe Middle East is a hub for solar energy deployment. Three countries from this region were among the ones with the highest total installed capacity of glazed water collectors in operation per 1,000 inhabitants at the end of 2013: Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan. Israel is the front runner when it comes to building codes. It was the first country worldwide to pass a solar building law – back in 1980. The law stipulates the installation of a solar water heating system for new residential buildings up to a height of 27 m, which is about 8 to 9 floors. This law was extended in September 2012 and now also applies to buildings above 27 m, stipulating the installation of solar water heaters for the first seven floors under the roof.
Source: Solar Heat Worldwide
 

GCREEDER 2016, Amman

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 6, 2015

The 5th conference on renewables and energy efficiency for desert regions GCREEDER 2016 follows four successful conferences in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2013. All GCREEDER conferences had attracted professionals from industry and academic fields. This conference is organized by the University of Jordan, in cooperation with other Universities in the country. Selected papers presented in this conference will be considered for publication in international peer reviewed journals.

MENA: First Online Training Program on Solar Water Heaters Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2015
SHAMCI TrainingIn March, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) launched an online training program on the Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) Quality Assurance and Certification Scheme in the Arab region. The training course aims to provide participants with sufficient knowledge on SWH quality and certification schemes, such as the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI). Participants can register for the training course online. According to the RCREEE, it is the first online training in the Middle East and North Africa region. The implementation of the course was supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Source: SHAMCI.net
 

Jordan: Fresnel Collectors Supply 160 °C Steam to Pharmaceuticals Producer Ram Pharma

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2015
The Jordan Minister of Environment, Dr Taher Shakhshir, inaugurated the first solar steam system in Jordan on 17 May 2015. The Fresnel collector plant was set up on the roof of pharmaceuticals producer Ram Pharma, located at the Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein Industrial Estate about 15 km away from Amman, Jordan’s capital. The concentrating Fresnel collectors manufactured by Industrial Solar, Germany, supply steam at 160 °C to the factory’s steam grid, which provides the energy needed for sterilisation, drying and fermenting. Solar energy is said to save around 30 % of the annual diesel demand for Ram Pharma processes.
Photo: Silke Anders
 

Jordan: “The solar bylaw is not going to have a strong impact on the market”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
Millennium Solar EnergySince April 2013, Jordan has had a solar bylaw in place. The rules of the bylaw were stipulated in Article 10 of Law No. 73, which had already entered into force in 2012. Solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement for every new multi-family building with more than 150 m² of living space, for every new office building exceeding 100 m² of floor space, as well as each new public building with more than 250 m². There are, however, no additional regulations regarding quality standards or system sizes. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Angelika Cerny, International Sales Coordinator at Jordan-based solar thermal turnkey-solution provider Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), about the effectiveness of the bylaw and the market development in Jordan. The photo shows an 80 m2 vacuum tube collector field which was set up in 2013 as a pergola for the office building of Jordan company EDGO Ventures in Amman. 
Photo: Millennium Solar Energy
 

Bylaw in Jordan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
In 2012, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources along with the National Energy Research Center in Jordan approved a solar bylaw which entered into force in April 2013 (see the attached document). According to Article 10 of Law No. 73, solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement for every new multi-family building with more than 150 m² of living space, for every new office building exceeding 100 m² of floor space, as well as each new public building with more than 250 m². The bylaw encourages spreading the national awareness in the field of conservation of energy and improvement of its efficiency and helps establishing a database related to conservation of energy and improvement of its efficiency. There are, however, no additional regulations regarding quality standards or system sizes.

Jordan: Public-Sector Orders Push Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 24, 2014
HananiaJordan’s national collector industry has been benefitting from public-sector offers, as from the one in November 2013, when Jordanian collector manufacturer Hanania Solar Systems won a tender to deliver and install more than 2,000 solar water heaters for low-income households. The project was funded with a budget of USD 1.8 million by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in cooperation with the Jordan River Foundation. This March, the collector manufacturer announced on its website that it installed 2,137 solar water heaters in the first quarter of 2014. Samer Hanania, Assistant General Manager at Hanania, confirmed that the expected produced collector area of his company would increase by 50 % this year and reach around 70,000 m², according the World Map of Solar Thermal Industry published annually in international magazine Sun & Wind Energy.
Photo: Hanania
 

SHAAMS WP 4: The Regional State of the Art in Jordan Region

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 8, 2014

This report, published by SHAAMS, the Strategic Hubs for the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector, provides a general picture of the solar energy sector in Jordan and makes a SWOT analyses.  It shares information on the regional solar policies and strategies already in place, on R&D projects and awareness campaigns.  With regards to solar thermal energy, the report indicates that  

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