Wärtsilä contributes to Jordan's ambitious goals for renewable energy
Ambitious goals require serious methods
Wärtsilä delivered IPP4, the 250 MW Smart Power Generation plant to AES Jordan in 2014. The plant has been operated at peaking mode, following the typical daily demand curve of a hot country with extensive use of air conditioning.
The tri-fuel plant uses either heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil or natural gas, according to availability and price. In the retrofit engine-solar hybrid project, to be delivered in 2017, a 46 MW solar PV park will be connected to the existing engine power plant.
Unlike many of its neighbours, Jordan does not have oil or gas resources of its own, making the country completely dependent on imported fuels. This makes alternative power sources especially valuable. Indeed, Jordan has ambitious goals for renewable energy: 600 MW of solar and 1200 MW of wind energy are planned to be installed by 2020.
"The idea of the hybrid is to let the solar PV unit produce electricity in the daytime, which will reduce the use of the engines. This will cut the carbon footprint of the power plant, and indeed the whole grid"
- Meftaur Rahman, President and CEO of AES Jordan
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