Special Seminar by Millionaire Club member
Low grade heat recovery for absorption chiller and desalination from concentrated solar powered steam power plants in Egypt
Prof.Mona Gamal Eldin
This new collaboration bringing together solar-desalination expertise (EJUST), and solar-absorption cooling expertise (Cranfield) jointly with associate partners.
Energy and water sectors in Egypt are currently facing a demand supply challenge. With Egypt’s growing population (~100million with 2-3% annual increase) led to a significant rise in the demands in residential, transportation and industrial sectors. The future water situation in Egypt, for example, looks gloomy with the construction of Ethiopian Dam on the Blue Nile (provide 85% Nile water to Egypt). In addition, there is an increasing use of the generated power (~30%) for driving conventional cooling systems. This affects not
only the human lives, but it has a detrimental impact of local communities, social and economies.
Boosting and improving energy sustainable efficiency across all sectors is essential and this was a high priority in the current government’s enlargement agenda. On the other hand, Egypt is one of the richest solar intensity regions (~4000 sunny hours/year) to generate thermal/electrical energies, and use of low grade heat to run desalination and absorption units can offer a good opportunity to provide both clean energy and fresh water, and could be the next significant technological breakthrough. With an increasing awareness of the environmental impacts and climate change, the use of residual heat could make an important contribution to the realisation of the all dimensions of the Egypt 2030 plan, particularly the energy and urban development pillars
This project is serving as an example of how innovative water-energy integrated solutions can improve human life and reduce the water-energy demand during shortage periods. Technically, this project introduces a tri-generation of electricity, water and space cooling across all the sectors. The specific impact of this integrated approach will allow continuous production of low cost water and energy gains to the benefit of local communities.
Professor Mona G. Ibrahim serves as Dean of Energy Resources, Environment and Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering School for Egypt – Japan University of Science and Technology (E- Just), she also served as Acting Vice President for Education and Academic Affairs (2016 -2018).
In her capacity as a researcher, Prof. Ibrahim had published many scientific publications over 25 years covering most significant environmental fields.
Prof. Ibrahim represented Egyptian NGO’s in many African countries as a steering committee member for Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) focusing on “Confidence Building and Stakeholder Involvement Project” funded by World Bank, and was honored with the shield of Euro-Arab Cooperation Center for her prominent role in saving the environment. In August 2018, Prof. Ibrahim had the chance to share as an expert for the selection of the graduate students for the Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences at the University of Abadan, Nigeria under the flag of African Union Commission.
Being a rapporteur of Consultant Committee of Development and Environment in Bibliotheca Alexandria (2003- 2005) plus possessing a high rank employment position as an Under Secretary for Ministry of Environment (2007 – 2012), gave Prof. Ibrahim a great opportunity to experience, sharpen and apply her strong leadership skills.
Prof. Ibrahim had her basic education in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Public Health Sciences (major- Environmental Engineering) from Alexandria University. Her professional interests focus on environmental management and hence she enjoyed sharing with well reputed international organizations (GEF, World Bank, CEDARE, JICA and UNEP) in many projects (Egyptian pollution Abatement Project, Alexandria Lake Maryut Integrated Management, Regional Environmental Management Improvement Project and MED POL Programme).