Jordan Gets REEL About Renewables


Jordan’s nuclear industry is wildly volatile, especially when you consider it doesn’t actually exist. Arwa reported on last week’s parliamentary vote to shelve Jordan’s first nuclear reactor. Exploratory mining for uranium was also stopped. The program will surely resurrect once new feasibility analyses are complete, but against a backdrop of a pressurized economy, scarce water […]

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Jordan Suspends Its Nuclear Plans Amid Controversy


Jordan has supported a parliamentary committee recommendation to suspend Jordan’s projected nuclear programme It’s certainly been a busy week for Khaled Toukan who is commissioner of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission. First, a parliamentary committee releases a report which states that he misled the public about the feasibility of uranium mining in Jordan and that […]

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Turkey’s Early Hydroelectric Dams Featured in Exhibit


The first hydroelectric dam built in Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, the Çubuk Dam was promoted as “Ankara’s Bosphorus”. A new exhibit at Istanbul’s avant-garde SALT Galata gallery, Graft, throws open the archive of material about Turkey’s first major hydroelectric projects in the 1930s. The display critically analyzes the motives behind these early endeavors — and the […]

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Could America’s 250 Percent Tariff on Chinese PVs Help the Mideast?


The United States Department of Commerce ruled yesterday that Chinese photovoltaic panel prices were below production costs and therefore their sale constituted dumping.   Proposed antidumping tariffs ranged from 31 percent to 250% and would come into force sometime after October 2012.  The tariff is expected to significantly increase the cost of solar installations in the […]

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Ayoub Abu-Dayyeh is Jordan’s Environmental Champion

Earlier this month, Japan ended its love affair with nuclear power. Does Jordan begin where Japan left off? Environmentalists applaud the shutdown of Japan’s last working reactor, but economists are not as enthused.  Before the Fukushima disaster knocked out four of their 54 reactors, atomic energy provided almost 30% of the country’s electricity. All remaining reactors have been taken […]

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Aqaba’s Got Norwegian Wood — Isn’t it Good?


Greenhouses will sprout in Aqaba’s desert under a pilot called The Sahara Forest Project – led by Norway.  The ambitious Sahara Forest Project (SFP) aims to revegetate areas of desert and create green jobs through production of high-value crops and biomass. And, in the process, generate clean energy and fresh water. Farming the Jordan’s deserts as it’s […]

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Solar to Light Our Nights Gets Hotter


Able to store enough heat to generate power that can last well into the night, Masdar’s Gemasolar, built in Spain last year was state of the art in solar thermal energy storage, able to reach temperatures of over 500°C. Now a U.S. startup funded by the Obama administration energy department with a $3.3 million ARPA-E grant has […]

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Basel Burgan: A Force Behind Jordan’s Anti-Nuke Movement


Our interview with activist Basel Burgan, a leading figure against nuclear proliferation for energy, in Jordan.  The Jordan Times reports that energy officials have expanded their search for a nuclear reactor site in Mafraq despite growing resistance from city residents and anti-nuclear supporters throughout the Kingdom.  It’s also the final phase of vendor selection for […]

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Where Can You Find the World’s Most Expensive Gasoline? Probably Turkey.


After a rise in the cost of gasoline on Tuesday, Turks are now paying what may be the world’s highest price for the precious liquid. 95-octane unleaded gasoline jumped to 4.62 Turkish Lira ($2.60, or € 1.93 ) per liter on Tuesday. By comparison, the European countries with the highest current gas prices — Italy, Denmark, […]

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Tektuğ Elektrik Group Enters Turkey’s Expanding Wind Energy Sector


German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex will construct eleven 2.5 MW turbines for the Tektuğ Elektrik Group’s first wind project. This autumn, on a mountain ridge in southeastern Turkey’s Adiyaman province, construction will begin on the 27.5 MW “Sincik” wind energy farm, Nordex announced today. It will be the flagship wind energy project of the Tektuğ Elektrik […]

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