The Royal Scientific Society, Jordan, concluded its three years and eight months long project entitled “Fostering Solar Technology in the Mediterranean area – FOSTEr in MED”, in Aqaba, at the end of July 2016. The project was concluded by launching a 17 kWp Building Integrated Photovoltaic System (BIPV) at the University of Jordan - Aqaba Branch.
FOSTEr in MED project was funded by the European Union within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean Sea Basin (ENPI CBC MED) Programme. The project’s specific objectives were: know how transfer in the solar energy innovative field, sharing of design methodology promotion and implementation, promotion of Solar Energy innovative technologies at civil society level and to transfer know-how and technical competences to targeted groups, designers, private sector (especially SMEs), citizens and local administrators. The FOSTEr project promoted the adoption of innovative solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies in the Mediterranean area. The project took a multi-layer strategic approach with the involvement of the local stakeholders, in order to ensure that the results of the project activities will have a multiplicative effect at the Mediterranean Basin level, in terms of outcome replication, dissemination, and transferability of results, both beyond the partnership and after the end of the Project.
FOSTEr partners were from Italy, Jordan, Spain, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia. They are:
- UniCa – University of Cagliarii – DICAAR and DSSI (Italy);
- IRI – Industrial Research Institute (Lebanon);
- RSS – Royal Scientific Society (Jordan) – National Energy Research Centre (NERC);
- ASCAME – Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Spain);
- CEEBA – Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (Egypt);
- CSPI – Special Agency Centre Of Services For Enterprises (Italy);
- CCIiT– Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tunis (Tunisia);
- RAS – Autonomous Region of Sardinia - Industry Department (Italy);
- Sardinia Mediterranean Foundation (Italy).
The project was implemented through the following series of activities:
- Context analysis was done which included institutional and statistical analysis to identify the challenges in the application of solar energy technologies in certain areas (such as cultural and legislative barriers, scarcity of technical planning and practical experience, etc.) in each partner country, in the project. This was done through:
- Statistical data collection on the available energy systems, focusing on innovative technologies in solar energy applications.
- In-depth interviews with decision-makers in the field of energy, to know more about the legislation governing the energy sector, and its application.
- Questionnaire responses by local community in Aqaba region, which included on several scales on energy related issues.
- Awareness was raised among the community and school students through interactive workshops on the uses of solar energy technologies, especially photovoltaic technology.
- The Technical and Scientific Committee of the project published guidelines on new solar photovoltaic technologies and architectonic integration of solar plants in existing and new buildings. The book was designed to analyse in detail the different national state-of-the-art Photovoltaic technologies among all partners, and was translated into Arabic and French as well.
- Training courses were conducted for engineers, architects, technicians, and students of engineering departments in universities with a focus on design, architectural integration and installation of photovoltaic plants.
The last part of the FOSTEr in MED project was installing a pilot system on five public buildings in the five partner countries. Innovative Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) system was applied at The University of Jordan’s Aqaba Branch. The system has a 17 kilowatt-peak (system) installed on three skylights. The climate in Aqaba is particularly favourable with a Solar radiation on Horizontal surface (GHI) ranging from 3.382 kWh/ m2.day in January to 7.787 kWh/ m2.day in July, with a production of about 34 MWh/year of clean energy.