This Center was established in 2009 due to the awareness of the University of the Importance of this center in the southern region where renewable energy and shale exist. These natural resources have motivated competent entities to establish a research center that supports the exerted efforts in exploiting and making use of this richness. The current century has experienced the dangers of the depletion of energy. The huge rise of oil prices encouraged search for alternative sources of energy. Renewable energy has become an interest for the whole world due to its importance; and this encouraged countries to search for alternative resources of energy and power.
Jordan is considered one of the leading countries to use renewable energy as it imports more than 96% of its energy. Unlike renewable energy sources, fossil fuel and other traditional sources of energy are expensive, cause pollution and emanate carbon dioxide. That is why it is important to look for new sources of energy.
There is no doubt that we need seriously to search for new resources of energy and use the latest techniques and methods for generating and transporting this energy. There is a great concern of air pollution in the cities, acid rains, oil spilling, nuclear dangers, rising earth temperatures and global warming. This concern encouraged scientists and experts to use pioneering techniques and exploit the sun energy. The direct thermal and heat transformation of the sun radiations to an electrical energy through the sun cells is considered a new and advanced energy. Besides, this transformation can be a strategic industry because of its importance as a future source of energy and its great role in keeping the environment clean and free from pollution. There are other natural resources of energy such as the wind, water, .etc. The center cooperates with several sectors concerned with research and development in Jordan to raise the awareness of the Jordanian people to the significance of renewable.
The role academic institutions play in economic development and availability of expertise that can create the desired change and the desired economic growth all over the kingdom has been widely recognized. The center and the university will develop interest in desert regions. The center has been selected as a member in the Global Network for Renewable Energy. The center is committed to following up and supervising research related to the renewable energy. Besides, it promotes the effective and cheap exploitation of energy existing in the world deserts for the benefit of the mankind.
What has been achieved of using the shale as an alternative fuel in Jordan does not live up to expectations. The centre will, therefore, assume the tasks of supporting all the exerted efforts in this field through activating and empowering the role of the university labs, its different workshops and staff this year.
The vision of the center is to be a pioneer in the field of renewable energy; to develop the relationship and research with wind and solar energy stations in Tafila area in particular, and to conduct research in the field of environment and water, especially that the country suffers from drought problems, so that the center functions as a source of information on the environmental and water situation and energy in the region. On the other hand, we look forward to training our students in the solar energy projects at the university and wind energy projects in the region.
- Securing financial support for students in special projects in the field of water, environment and renewable energy in the field of integrated renewable energy engineering.
- Training students to design, monitor and maintain solar and wind energy systems through coordination with projects in the university and the region.
- Work to maintain the productivity of the solar energy system in the university and strive to increase the available capacity through attracting investment.
- Conducting field visits to the most important renewable energy and water treatment stations, coordination of conferences and seminars, and visits of specialists to the university.
- Bringing about positive change in the field of energy, water and the environment
- Promoting awareness of environmental issues.
- Evolution and adaptation to developments in science and technology.