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Advanced teaching/training of Renewable Energy Systems

Enabling the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in electrical networks.

Project leader

Prof Phil Taylor


November 2017 to September 2020

Project staff

Dr Adib Allahham, Dr Neal Wade, Dr Zoya Pourmirza


European Commission, ERASMUS+ Programme Project


German Jordanian University, Hamburg University of Technology, Middle East University, University of Cyprus, Al-Baath University, Damascus University, Tafila Technical University, Mohammadia School of Engineering


Renewable Energy (RE) is one of the main solutions for clean power supply. It covers shortages in electrical power in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). These include Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

Smart Grids (SG) will be a key enabler in the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in electrical networks. Better understanding of the SG concept enables faster and more sustainable development of the RE and SG markets.

But this field of knowledge is not well represented in existing teaching. The project tackles this by integrating SG and methods of integrating RES to electrical grids in teaching programmes. Higher Education Institutions in beneficiary countries will deliver these programmes.

The project will provide a high quality education for MENA students in the key aspects of the Smart Grid concept. Emphasis will be on its application and technology. This will enable students to take responsible, creative, challenging and stimulating posts. Their future employment will include policy making, industry or research.

The project outputs will benefit five main groups:

  • higher education students, particularly in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering
  • the workforce in the fields of renewable energy and smart grid application and technology
  • higher education staff, particularly those delivering teaching about Smart Grid and grid integrated systems in all its technical aspects
  • institutions involved in the design, development, realisation and maintenance of the electrical grid system
  • engineering and scientific industries and training centres in fields relating to renewable energy, intelligent meters, power system design, and so on

The expected impacts of this project are to:

  • make teaching of Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Systems more comprehensive
  • enhance knowledge about Smart Grid applications in the workforces involved in the RE market


  • Project Number 585648-EPP-1-2017-1-UK-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
  • approved by the European Commission under grant agreement number 2012-3324/001-001.