Dec 19,2019

AMMAN — The winners of the “Best Graduation Projects in Renewable Energy” contest were honoured in a ceremony this week.

Deputising for Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati, Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Amani Al Azzam attended the event.

The contest was organised by the Jordanian-German Centre of Excellence for Solar Energy (GJCE) of the National for Employment and Training Company (NET), and in cooperation with Orange Jordan to shed light on the importance of renewable energy and to connect the students with the labour market, according to a statement from Orange.

NET is committed to supporting youth, helping them meet the needs of the labour market and connecting them with employers in the energy sector, Ali Al Daaja, the general manager of the company was quoted in the statement as saying.

Munjed Akroush, Orange Jordan’s customer relations and operations director and GJCE’s vice-president, said that Orange supports all the efforts undertaken to reduce dependency on non-renewable energy resources and encourages the production of clean energy, stressing on the company’s commitment to support the GJCE technically and financially, in line with its social and national responsibility strategy and commitment to protect the environment, according to the statement.

The contest received 14 submissions from Balqaa Applied University, Al al Bayt University, German Jordanian University (GJU), Jordan University of Science and Technology, Israa University and Hashemite University.

The graduation projects were discussed by a committee that joined members from GJCE, Orange, Izzat Marji Group and some private sector partners.

Eight projects reached the second round of the contest, out of which four competed for the first three places.

The three winners were Sarah Mansour, an engineer from GJU, for her project “Environmental impacts of energy storage waste”, engineers Ameera Al Amayreh and Afaq Al Hyari for their project that tackled the Bus Rapid Transit Project and Hiba Al Thahabi, an engineer from GJU for her project “Double-sided Photovoltaic Systems on one Axis: Design and Effectiveness”, according to the statement.

GJCE is the first Jordanian training centre to receive accreditation from the King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence, which is awarded to institutions that develop work practices and enhance expertise in accordance with world-class standards, the statement concluded.