Jordan sets sight on energy storage, green hydrogen
Amani Al-Azzam, Secretary General of Jordan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Image by Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
November 1 (Renewables Now) - Jordan is planning to build a pumped-storage hydropower station and make a roadmap for developing energy storage technologies to support grid stability, store surplus power and integrate more renewable energy into the grid.
Speaking at the 7th International Investment Forum on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the capital Amman, the secretary general of Jordan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Amani Al-Azzam, said that Jordan is currently considering means to maximise the use of renewable energy.
To better exploit its existing potential, Jordan needs to have the necessary technology to store excess electricity of any kind, Al-Azzam said and hinted that the hydroelectric energy storage station should be operational before 2030.
During the three-day forum, Al-Azzam pointed out that the kingdom had 2,500 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in 2021 which covered 26% of its power consumption last year. The goal is to reach 30% renewables by 2030. About 1,000 MW of the available capacity comes from net metering projects.
The state secretary added that the government is currently working to update the energy strategy.
In addition, Al-Azzam confirmed that Jordan is preparing a roadmap for policies and regulations that will aim to attract investments in green hydrogen production and turn Jordan into a regional centre for the export of green hydrogen and its derivatives such as green ammonia and green methanol.
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