Workshop on Renewable Energy Social Role

30 - Nov - 2019

Director of Solar Energy projects at Islamic University Eng. Hanibal Najjar reported at the workshop that: the university has relied on 25% of solar energy in its buildings; "our vision is to raise it to 50%".  

"Making Future Energy 4 Palestine" team discusses the prospects of renewable energy in Gaza in a workshop entitled, " Renewable Energy in Gaza and its Social Role", held at IUG Lhidan building.

Dean of Engineering Faculty prof. Khalil Astal asserted that this workshop supports the faculty's plan to boost non-curricula activities, confirming that IUG has notably used solar energy to reduce the pill of the electricity.

Prof. Alaeddinne El-Jmassi, academic of civil engineering, has asserted that there are 4 buildings in addition to the laboratories are depending on renewable energy in the university. Throughout his speech, he has explained the types of renewable energy and its utmost use. The solar energy is safe, cheap and long-term according to the experience of the university. However, the utilization of water and wind in Gaza has plummeted. In addition, He hinted that it has been discussed to use the airway between the university buildings to generate electricity for buildings.

Renewable energy is green and clean, long-term, and helps get rid of climate change. The production of renewable energy in the world has reached climax in Iceland, in which 100% of the energy use has turned into renewable energy.  

According to the analysts, the future of renewable energy will take place in the Arab world. Prof. Hala Khozondar declared that in Palestine there is about 27% of population depends on renewable energy to be used just for warming, while 70% depends on fossil fuels.

The reality of energy in Gaza was also delivered by prof. Hala khozondar, Manager of the project "making Future Energy 4 Palestinehe has conducted, with a student, two studies to investigate the using of renewable energy in Gaza. The sample of the study was (13) institutions. Analyzing the statistics, the results found out that local institutions has chosen using solar energy, for it is safe, clean and available in the market, making assurance that the budget is financed by supported sides.

Another study she conducted was on a sample from Al- Shifa hospital, in which (1800) employees were targeted to be asked if they use renewable energy at homes or not. The results showed that there is only 19% of the sample uses the solar energy. The reasons beyond this plummeting goes back to the low level of income, which plays a basic role in owning solar cells at Gazan homes.

The overall result showed that using solar energy in Gaza is an alternative, not a basic. However, the cost of solar energy in Gaza has become cheaper.

The two studies have been published in Al-Najah university.

Prof. Waleed shubair, professor of sociology, highlighted the social awareness about renewable energy. He called on people to promoting the concept of renewable energy as a cultural awareness. While Prof. Refaa Khozondar, from Al-Aqsa University; explained about the uses of the inverter and its working system.

It's worth noting that this workshop comes as part of the project " Developing maker- movement-inspired training course on renewable energy sources in the Gaza strip. Engineering department has administrated 4 international projects which have brought vast benefit to the faculty and students.