Published on March 21, 2023
Jordan is in a region that offers enormous advantages for green hydrogen production due to its large potentials for renewable energies, such as solar and wind. In addition, its proximity to the European demand markets positions it as a future export hub of Power-to-X products. Moreover, green hydrogen and Power-to-X offers Jordan a wide variety of options to defossilise its own national energy consumption and thus decrease its dependency on imported fossil fuels as well as increase the percentage of locally sourced renewable energy.
Learning from Jordanian and German energy professionals
The first Renewable PtX.Training by the International PtX Hub in Jordan took place from 9th to 11th March 2023 in Amman with 20 decision-makers from Jordanian Ministries and private companies: the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Water, Ministry of Investment, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, Aqaba Development Company, National Electric Power Company and Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization.
On the first two days of the training, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Timmerberg from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), provided a comprehensive overview of the entire value chain of PtX and showed how different actors should be considered in the production, transportation, storage, and trade of renewable PtX products. The participants showed high engagement that allowed for lively discussions and valuable insights into Jordan’s energy sector throughout the whole training.
In addition, as part of the PtX Hub’s cooperation with Jordanian academia, Dr. Hani Muhsen from the German Jordanian University as well as Ms. Diana Shafiq Athamneh from Al-Hussein Technical University supported the training implementation and provided inputs on the Jordanian context. Both were previously trained to hold the PtX.Training in the Train-of-Trainers Programme of the PtX Hub.
No-regret options with green hydrogen: Jordanian refinery and fertiliser industries
The transfer workshop on the third day shed light on PtX topics that are particularly relevant for Jordan’s energy sector. The participants thoroughly discussed water scarcity. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) project Desalination of Sea and Brackish Water gave insights on the water sector in Jordan, as well as the potentials and costs of desalination.
The participants also discussed and identified the no-regret sectors for Jordan to substitute gray with green hydrogen: the refinery and fertiliser industries. An exemplarily SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analysis on green ammonia exports has helped to sharpen the concluding discussions among the participants.
To read more on the PtX Hub’s activities in Jordan, see the country page.