Jordan powers ahead with solar energy


Jordan is reducing carbon emission by deploying solar water heaters (SWH) operated by clean renewable solar energy.

Jordan has an average sunshine duration of more than 310 days per year and large zones of excellent annual global radiation. Its geographical location in the world’s solar belt delivers an annual total of 1800–2700 kWh/m².

The country uses a clean and renewable source, either sun or air, to heat water, thus offering maximum comfort while reducing polluting emissions and protecting the environment. Solar water heaters (SWH) are operated by clean renewable solar energy, which reduces the conventional energy demand, electricity bills, and greenhouse gases.

About 20 per cent of all Jordanian households in 2018 had solar water heating systems installed. Jordan Energy Strategy ‘2020–2030’ aims to equip 30 per cent of the households with a solar water heater system by 2030. Today the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is proceeding with plans to increase the usage of solar heater systems for water heating across the Kingdom.

Ariston Group has been proposing alternative energy-efficient solutions worldwide for many years. As a specialist in the solar water heater sector, Ariston’s versatile technology offers the possibility to integrate solar energy with other water heating systems such as heat pumps. With its wide range of solar systems (both natural and forced circulation) and air-to-water and water-to-water heat pumps (both monoblock and split versions), Ariston offers the right solution in every situation.

The company’s technology and innovation prowess have helped it to be a part of many projects in Jordan including the Jordan British Army Project, Kuwait Embassy Residences, Carrefour, Bank of Jordan, Islamic Bank of Jordan, Princess Basma Health Center, and Sara Al Saudi Gym.

Alberto Torner, head of Ariston Group in the Middle East, Turkey and Caucasus, says: “The Ariston Group’s purpose is to provide everyone, in every corner of the world, with high-quality heating and hot water solutions, while protecting the environment. We at Ariston Middle East support that ethos and contribute to it wherever we can. We have several projects across the region that showcase our innovation driven by our commitment to sustainability.”

One such innovation that has the potential to catapult the solar water heating segment of Jordan is Kairos Thermo HF by Ariston, which has a new optimised heat exchanger that allows a very quick production of domestic hot water. The blue selective surface treatment forgives very high performances with the 95 per cent absorption and only five per cent reflection. The collectors’ increased surface gives the possibility to produce even more domestic hot water. The laser welding technology guarantees a very smooth absorbing surface, maximizing the exploitation of the solar energy. The polyurethane insulation free of CFC & HCFC, and the collectors’ lower insulation in glass wool ensure maximum protection against heat losses.

Carrefour uses the system in multiple branches. Ariston Middle East with the help of its local partner in Jordan implemented eight projects in several locations such as Tabarbour, Khalda, Sooq bab Al Madina Mall (Zarqa). As a result, Carrefour saved 24,840 KW/h yearly of energy, avoided 21,216 of CO2 emissions and reduced cost by around 3000 JOD yearly across the 8 branches. Similarly Bank of Jordan and Islamic Bank of Jordan have also deployed Kairos HF 300-2, which have resulted in significant cost saving for them. The incorporation of these solar energy projects has, in turn, played an enabling part in enhancing sustainability.

Several other high-profile projects such as British Army Project and Kuwait Embassy Residences have utilised Ariston’s forced circulation solar water heating system that is powered by Ariston KAIROS XP 2.5 collector in the recent years. This high-performance 2.5 m2 solar collector is suitable for systems forced circulation of large dimensions for easy installation. Thanks to 4 quick hydraulic connections, they can be installed in a single row to 10 collectors in parallel, allowing maximum flexibility of installation. These are designed and dimensioned for both small and large installations. The surface is extremely absorbent with highly selective treatment of titanium oxide. It has prismatic solar safety glass and hydraulic circuit of copper tubes.

“We all know that oil, gas and electricity prices are on a constant rise,” Torner says. “Solar thermal systems reduce the running cost of water heating in these projects as it cuts down energy consumption by around 70 per cent. In addition, it saves the environment from many kilograms of GHG emissions. These were the main reasons our customers install solar powered systems at landmark buildings in Jordan. Our solar energy solutions exhibit a cutting innovative edge for sustainable living and that’s an important reason to opt for a solar solution. Sunshine is available almost the entire year in Jordan making it the natural choice.”

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