Feb 6, 2017

Jordan Hospital to make switch to solar with new power plant

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Yellow Door Energy (YDE), a Dubai-based firm that invests in and operates distributed solar and energy efficiency assets, has announced the signing o...

Yellow Door Energy (YDE), a Dubai-based firm that invests in and operates distributed solar and energy efficiency assets, has announced the signing of an agreement with Jordan Hospital to build, develop and operate a 4.7 MWp PV solar power plant. The partnership comes as part of Jordan Hospital's efforts to reduce its CO2 footprint by moving to electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Bashir, General Manager of Jordan Hospital and Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy signed the agreement recently in Amman.

"As part of the hospital’s energy diversification strategy, we are looking at, meeting our electricity needs through power generated by natural resources and, in doing so, reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions,” said Ahmad Khattab, Managing Director of Jordan Hospital. “The project will contribute towards meeting the hospital’s medium and long-term electricity needs, as it is scheduled to be connected to the grid by 2017. The highly-anticipated project is expected to encourage other public and private sector companies to generate renewable energy and rely on it in the future."

Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy, said: "Jordan has always been at the forefront of countries seeking to make the most of natural resources, and through its investments in this area, the Kingdom has made remarkable progress. Yellow Door Energy is committed to enabling companies to save energy and reduce their electricity cost and is proud to be part of the further development of this approach in Jordan. In addition to helping reduce operating costs, the project will enable the hospital to serve as a successful model for promoting renewable energy projects in Jordan and abroad.”

Meroun Green Solutions Co., a leader in providing smart and innovative green solutions in the area of clean development projects, will oversee the construction of the project and its implementation, leveraging the advanced global innovations in the fields of renewable energy and energy management.

Sameeh Abushanab, CEO of Meroun Green Solutions Co., said: “This project covering over 67 dunams comes in response to the growing demand for electricity locally. The project will provide the hospital with a capacity of 4.7 MWp and is expected to be fully operational by 2017”.

Yellow Door Energy’s operations are fully compliant with the net metering and wheeling regulations in Jordan and Dubai. The legislation allows companies to generate energy and make use of solar power.

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
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Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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