PtX Hub in Jordan

Abundant renewable energy sources and ambitious goals in Jordan for PtX

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is one of the leading countries in the Middle East and North Africa region in renewable energy expansion and clean energy growth. In mid-2022, renewables generated approximately 29 % of the electricity supply. High solar and wind potential position Jordan as an attractive country for producing PtX. Closely located to ports and Europe, Jordan is well placed to become a PtX producer and exporter.

In 2020, the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) released the 2020-2030 Energy Strategy. Goals include the diversification of energy resources, expansion of renewable energy capacities, increasing investments, and strengthing international relations and collaborations. By the end of 2030, the country envisages to have 48.5 % of the country’s electricity generation come from local energy sources.

The Jordanian Energy Ministry is currently working on a strategy to set technical and legal standards to produce green hydrogen from solar and wind. Producing green hydrogen could decrease the country’s dependency on the import of fossil fuels and increase the expansion of locally sourced renewable energy. Jordan currently imports around 91 % fossil fuels for its energy supply.

Green hydrogen and PtX are poised to play a key role towards climate neutrality by enabling the defossilisation of sectors that cannot directly electrify. In Jordan, potential applications include crude oil refining, fertiliser production, gas-fired thermal power plants, urban buses and heavy-duty trucks and port logistics.

However, there are challenges to be overcome. Most prominently, the lacking regulatory framework as well water scarcity are in the spotlight to be solved before the take up of PtX production in Jordan.

The PtX Hub’s work in Jordan at a glance

  1. Capacity and knowledge building for political decision makers and research and academia
    • Setting up a green hydrogen steering committee
    • Conducting the Training with political decision makers
  2. Building partnerships with universities, academies, and training centers
    • Assisting in developing a PtX program and course for technicians
    • Jointly develop PtX/green hydrogen curricula / university programs for universities
    • Conducting a “Train-the-trainer” programme for academic staff and professors at the German-Jordanian University and other institutions
  3. Conducting a certification study for the National Green Hydrogen Strategy
    • Assisting in drafting a national hydrogen strategy
  4. Organising workshops on sustainability (especially on water scarcity)