The idea is to have a partner for a designed prototype of integrated solar groundwater desalination unit with crops solar drying unit. A nearby greenhouse will have to be heated at cold desert nights, too.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
Al al-Bayt university (AABU) is one of the public higher education institutions in Jordan, established in 1992, for sustainable development of the North-Eastern part of Jordan, 65Km from the capital, Amman.
The University is driven by a futuristic vision using a strategic approach and run by momentum and quality to achieve its occupational mission, and enhances the environment, infrastructure, human resources, accreditation, entrepreneurship and innovative for researchers, faculty members and students.
AL- al Bayt University Mission emphasizes the support of enhancing the scientific, cultural, and civilized levels, work on keeping up with the technological developments in addition to following the modern directions of the higher education, encouraging the scientific research in order to carry out the applied and scientific researchers.
At present, there are 10-Colleges, 4 scientific Institutes and 10-scientific research and service centers, signifying the milestone of Jordan's capacity building and HR-development. The University incorporates 1300 Faculty and administration staff and offer more than 80-programs at the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels to about 20,000 students, of which 15% are graduates. The international dimension is increasingly important with diversity that includes around 30 nationalities and forms about 12% of the student body. Indeed, it is hoped that the University, after 20 years of vitalization, is leading the society, being the brain of the country and its laboratory for innovation, with focus on quality which is imperative – to improve international reputation capable of determining and finding solutions for the nations’ problems.
Why do we have potential?
1. We are a public university located in NE desert with 330 annual sunshine hours.
2. Al Mafraq (our city) extends to about 26,551 km2 area to the N-Syrian to E-Iraqi borders.
3. We hosted Az Zaatri camp; the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees.
4. Al Mafraq deserts are enriched with olive trees, medical plants and several fruits. In addition, deserts` potatoes and tomatoes planting are very common in this area, too. Lots of such crops are becoming moldy due to less demand.
5. We do have extreme cold nights in winter which could kill the crops by freezing.
6. Due to over exploitation of groundwater, our reservoirs became saline in the last 15 years.
7. Al Mafraq city contains high percentage population of poor families with w very high percentage of unemployment..
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.