Submitted by: MENA Geothermal
Implemented country: Jordan
Title: American University of Madaba is Kept Warm and Cool through Geothermal Showcase Project
The American University of Madaba in Jordan has become a showcase project, not in terms of teaching and research but because of its geothermal heating and cooling system that is supposed to become the largest such system in the entire Middle East and North Africa. Two geothermal systems were designed and installed at the university to help meet cooling and heating needs. This is supposed to help keep costs down. Also, the system will not emit any greenhouse gasses but will only use green and renewable energies, which will help make the building independent of oil and electricity.
The new system is extremely environmentally friendly, economical, and saves energy. It is also very innovative in that the COP (Coefficient of Performance ) of 4.0 is extremely high and can be compared to cooling machines and heat pumps. Compared to conventional systems used in Jordan, this geothermal system will help save 200,000 kWh electricity for cooling each summer, 90,000 liters of fuel for heating and a grand total of 365 tons less CO2 expelled per year. The investment will have paid off in seven years.
Khaled Al Sabawi studied engineering in Canada and is president of MENA Geothermal, the company that implemented the program. Khaled enjoys organizing events that help create a greater awareness for a green Palestine. He also enjoys playing soccer and is thinking about having a family in the future.
"Where there is a will, there is a way.”
Khaled Al Sabawi