At least there is a good side effect for the rise in petrol prices in Jordan. People and institutions are starting to think about sources of renewable energy: solar, wind and geothermal.
Of course, our streets are becoming ever more crowded with Hummers and other gas guzzlers, which is not exactly a sign of energy awareness. But at least there seems to be some official and academic interest in utilizing alternatives to oil. We have plenty of sun in the country and many people do utilize that for hot water. So that’s at least a start.
In my opinion, Jordan should adopt a radical, ambitious policy to invest in renewable energy technology. We have every incentive to do so. Why can’t we become the Middle East’s No.1 renewable energy leader (OK, Israel probably has beat us to that). Aqaba should be the starting point! I imagine a future of a high tech Arabia on the Red Sea..
Today I was excited to read a Jordan Times article about an exhibition of German renewable energy technologies, to be opened on May 15 at the premises of the German Jordanian University. I am pasting it in full as the JT does not have a archive.
AMMAN (JT) — A display of renewable energy technology opens today under the title “Renewables Made in Germany,” focusing on products from the European country that covers almost 5 per cent of the national electricity consumption by wind power.
The exhibition comes at a time when international market prices for crude oil are straining the national budget as well as Jordanian households and businesses, according to a statement released by the German embassy in Amman.
Wind energy, solar power and geothermal heat seem to be promising options in Jordan, and they can be exploited in many ways and at different scales, the statement said.
Solutions range from solar collectors for warm water, heating, and cooling at the household level; over photovoltaic generation of electricity for housing units or remote locations; to energy for the national grid provided by wind farms or solar thermal power plants.
The exhibition, which will be officially opened on May 17, is open to the public from May 15 to 31 at the premises of the German Jordanian University (GJU), currently located on the campus of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS).
Renewable energies and energy efficiency are also the focus of an international conference in Amman on May 23 and 24 bringing together decision-makers from politics, business and science.
The conference, organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Amman in cooperation with the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and the National Energy Research Centre (NERC), will offer a platform to discuss strategies and options to increase the use of renewables and enhance energy efficiency in Jordan.
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