Environment: STS-Med project wins the Emirates Energy Award

The award, presented by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, aims to highlight the best practices and pioneering work in energy efficiency, alternative energy, sustainability and protecting the environment.

The concentrated solar thermal plant implemented by the STS-Med project at the Al-Huson University College in Jordan has won the Emirates Energy Award (EEA), a regional prize awarded every two years to encourage the rationalized use of energy and resources.

The prize will be handed out in October 2017 in Dubai during an official ceremony to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The award will be received by Prof.  Rebhi A. Damseh, project coordinator from the Al-Balqa' Applied University, the Jordanian partner of STS-Med.

For its third edition since 2012, the EEA has received this year a significant number of applications from 21 countries both from the MENA region and countries such as USA, Finland, India, Portugal, Germany and Sweden. This interest “demonstrates the remarkable position of the Emirates Energy Award on both regional and global levels,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and President of EEA.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated: “we recognize that preserving our energy sources will be one of the greatest challenges in our dive towards sustainable development. This, however, will not materialize unless the different facets of our society adopt energy conservation principles in their core values.”

Funded in the framework of the ENPI CBC Med Programme 2007-2013, STS-Med focuses on the development of concentrated solar technologies to improve energy efficiency in public buildings. The project has implemented 4 demonstrative plants in Cyprus, Egypt, Italy and Jordan for a total power of 400 kW.

In Jordan, the plant has been installed on the rooftop of an educational building of the Al-Huson University College: it generates electric power, cooling/heating, hot water and distilled water from a single source of energy, the sun.

Find out more about the STS-Med project and the Emirates Energy Award