Potential of using olive pomace as a source of renewable energy for electricity generation in the Kingdom of Jordan

Oraib Al-Ketan

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This paper discusses the potential of using olive pomace as a clean, renewable, and reliable source of energy that has the potential to contribute to the total energy supply of the Kingdom of Jordan. Available data were first compiled on available quantities of this raw material in Jordan, calculating the useful stored energy that can be eventually converted into electricity. The data then were reflected against the energy demand in Jordan. Finally, recommendations on the prospect of this alternative energy source would be made. Statistical data for electricity demand in the Kingdom of Jordan show a growth by around 7.4% in 2010 compared to 2009, and an electric peak load increases by 15%. The Kingdom's local crude oil and natural gas production are contributing only 2.8% of the total energy needs of the country and the rest is being imported, while renewable sources share to the energy mix has not exceeded 2% as of 2010. Therefore, the need for new energy sources is highly imperative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063132
JournalJournal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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