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MASE Team Member Research Paper Published in Science Direct

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Science Direct publishes research article co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud

The Internet – July 2019: Science Direct, a leading publisher of scientific and research content, has published a research paper titled ‘Comparative CFD analysis of thermal energy storage materials in photovoltaic/thermal panels’.  The article was co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud (Design & Analysis Engineer) who conducted research and developed findings during her time completing her Master’s of Science degree in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering from University of Surrey in 2018.

At MASE, Aya is responsible for designing commercial and industrial solar PV systems and analyzing the performance of operational solar PV assets as part of the Company’s operations and maintenance value proposition.

The research article is organized into four main sections.  The authors use a transient Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation to compare the performance of desert sand to that of well-established phase-change materials used in photovoltaic/thermal systems. The simulation gives as a result the temperature profiles within the device as well as the time evolution of the charge/discharge cycles when using PCMs. The results show the suitability of desert sand as a thermal storage material to be used in photovoltaic/thermal systems.

The research article can be accessed through the following link.

 

MASE Receives Fastest Growing O&M Award 2019

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MASE has received IFM’s ‘Fastest Growing O&M Service Provider’ award 2019

London, UK – June 2019: MASE has been recognized by International Finance Magazine (IFM), a leading industry publication, as the region’s fastest growing solar operations and maintenance service provider for the year 2019.  MASE grew its utility-scale solar O&M assets under management by over 60 MWp this year alone.

The award, announced by IFM on May 30 2019, is categorized under the publication’s utility and energy classification which covers 15 segments this year and features companies from across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions.  MASE is the sole Jordanian company to receive an award by IFM this year while companies operating within the utility and energy sectors from the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, China and Thailand also emerged as winners under various other categories.

About the MASE O&M Value Proposition

MASE’s operations and maintenance value proposition is trusted by leading solar developers, lenders and governments to provide turn-key preventive, corrective and conditional operations and maintenance services as well as comprehensive asset management solutions in line with industry best practices. MASE’s assets under management exceed 100 MWp of operational solar PV projects comprising a diverse portfolio of distributed, commercial and utility facilities.

About IFM Awards

Since 2013 International Finance Awards recognizes industry talent, leadership skills, industry net worth and capability on an international platform.  After careful consideration of nominations by a qualified research team, winners are declared on the strength of their application and past accomplishments. These winners are felicitated at a glittering awards gala, held at a premium five-star venue in a major business hub.

MASE to Speak at RES4MED B2G Conference

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MASE will speak at the Business-to-Government High Level Workshop organized by RES4MED&Africa

Amman, Jordan – March 2019: MASE will be speaking at the high-level business-to-government workshop organized by Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean and Africa (RES4MED&Africa), a regional platform for public-private sector dialogue with a core focus on addressing renewable energy issues across the Middle East and Africa regions.

MASE will be represented by its Managing Director Tareq Khalifeh, who will address a panel of private and public sector speakers.  The focus of the discussions will be on long-term energy strategies as mechanisms to exploiting new business models for an effective integration of renewable energy systems.

The workshop, which will see the participation of Jordan’s Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources and Minister of Water and Irrigation, is expected to avail a platform of open dialogue between key private sector players and high-level public sector decision makers.

 

About the Workshop

RES4Med&Africa is organizing a high-level Business-to-Government (B2G) workshop focused on the long-term energy strategies and the grid solutions for integrating the renewable energy systems, attracting investments and exploiting the socio-economic benefits of renewables in Jordan.

RES4Med&Africa, with over 7 years of experience in leading policy dialogue, technical support and capacity building activities, is among the only associations active in promoting the uptake of RE investments in Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan African countries and counts on a strong track record in high-level training and Executive Seminars.

MASE Participates in GIZ-Funded O&M Workshop

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MASE participates in workshop addressing technical skills development for solar O&M and asset management, organised by the Jordanian-German Center of Excellence for Solar Technicians in Mafraq 

Amman, Jordan – January 2019: Ady Almadanat, MASE’s Lead Engineer / Utility O&M, has participated on behalf of MASE in a workshop organised by the Jordanian-German Center of Excellence for Solar Technicians in Mafraq addressing technical skills development for solar O&M and asset management.  The workshop was attended by key members of the Center and candidate technicians from the city of Mafraq and was held at the Jordanian Construction Contractors Association (JCCA).

MASE’s presentation examined the typical project life cycle of utility-scale solar PV plants, job creation and functions across the various project functions. The presentation also focused on identifying the key skill-sets required for solar O&M and asset management technicians.

 

About the Jordanian-German Center of Excellence for Solar Technicians in Mafraq

The Center was established in cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), with the financial support of King Hussein Bin Talal Development Area and Orange Jordan and is aimed at building the capacity and availability of solar technicians in the city of Mafraq and its surrounding areas.

MASE in Solar Power MENA Map 2019

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MASE’s Tareq Khalifeh among the MENA region’s most influential solar business leaders

17 January 2019: MASE’s Managing Director, Tareq Khalifeh, has been recognized as one of the Middle East and North Africa region’s most influential solar business leaders. Tareq was featured alongside a number of regional business executives in Solar Quarter’s Solar Power MENA Map 2019, a leading regional publication focused on the solar energy market.

Tareq, who co-founded MASE and serves as its Managing Director, is responsible for spearheading the company’s operations and growth. He has been previously awarded the Gold Solar Pioneers award by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) presented at Intersolar Middle East 2016 Global Solar Leaders’ Summit in recognition of his achievements.

The feature by Solar Quarter further reiterates MASE’s position as one of the region’s leading solar energy companies.

 

About Solar Quarter

Solar Quarter is Asia’s leading knowledge and media service providers in the solar energy sector. Solar Quarter create and deliver highly specialized information through digital portals, print publishing, corporate training and business conferences providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations globally. Solar Quarter’s print and digital versions have a reach to more than 500,000 professionals from across the globe.

MASE Signs Solar Rooftop Contract for 4 Schools

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MASE signs contract with RSS to construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar plants four public schools, funded by JREEEF

Amman, Jordan – October 2018: MASE has been awarded a contract to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar PV plants on four public schools located across Jordan. The project is funded by the Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) in collaboration with Mercy Corps and is part of the second phase of the joint Schools Heating Initiative. The contract has been awarded as a result of a public bidding process in which MASE achieved the highest cumulative marks during evaluation. The project will be implemented with consultation from the National Energy Research Center / Royal Scientific Society (NERC/RSSand logistical coordination with the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The Project comprises the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of rooftop solar PV systems with a cumulative capacity of over 80 kWp.  Upon commissioning, MASE will operate, maintain and manage the assets and will guarantee their performance.

Works on the Project have commenced and are expected to be completed in under two months.

 

About MASE

MASE is an award-winning solar energy integrator, operator and asset manager with over 100 MWp of operating or underway solar assets under care.

About JREEEF

The Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) is a government institution aimed at promoting the implementation or renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Jordan.  The Fund raises capital from donor agencies to fund and accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by providing long-term loans, grants and funding implementation programs.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.

About NERC/RSS

The National Energy Research Center (NERC) is one of the specialized technical centers of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). It was established for the purposes of research, development and training in the fields of new and renewable energy and raising the standards of energy use in the different sectors.

MASE Awarded Solar & EE Project for 34 Public Schools

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MASE awarded project to construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar plants and energy efficiency on 34 public schools

Amman, Jordan – August 2018: A joint venture consisting of MASE and Khalifeh International Contracting (KIC), an Arabia Group company and associate firm, has been awarded a contract to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar PV plants, air conditioning units and energy-efficient LED lighting on 34 public schools located across Jordan. The contract also comprises general maintenance and rehabilitation works on the schools. The contract has been awarded as a result of a public bidding process in which the MASE+KIC JV achieved the highest cumulative marks during evaluation. The project will be implemented for the Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) with consultation from the National Energy Research Center / Royal Scientific Society (NERC/RSSand logistical coordination with the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The Project comprises the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of rooftop solar PV systems with a cumulative capacity of up to 0.8 MWp.  Upon commissioning, MASE will operate, maintain and manage the assets and will guarantee their performance.  In addition to the solar PV systems, the MASE+KIC JV will design, procure and install air conditioning units and replace the existing lighting with energy-efficient LED lamps on all 34 schools.  The JV will also perform general maintenance and rehabilitation works on the schools – this will include replacing damaged fixtures, windows and insulation.

Works on the Project have commenced and are expected to be completed in under six months.

About the MASE+KIC JV

MASE is an award-winning solar energy integrator, operator and asset manager with over 100 MWp of operating or underway solar assets under care.  KIC is the construction arm of Arabia Group and is classified as a first grade civil and electro-mechanical contractor in Jordan.

About PAF

The Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) was founded by H.R.H. Princess Alia Al Hussein and is a registered non profit, non governmental organization, under the Ministry of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its aim is to promote compassion and respect for all Creation, using a holistic approach and bringing all stakeholders together to work as a united front.

About NERC/RSS

The National Energy Research Center (NERC) is one of the specialized technical centers of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). It was established for the purposes of research, development and training in the fields of new and renewable energy and raising the standards of energy use in the different sectors.

 

 

Project Update: Al Safawi Solar PV Project

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Construction works on Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Project on track for commissioning during Q1 2019

Al Safawi, Jordan – August 2018: Construction works on the Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Plant developed by MASE affiliate ATC are on track for commissioning during the first half of 2019.  Construction on the project, which is located within the Al Safawi village in Mafraq, Jordan began early this year immediately after achieving the Financial Close milestone.

As of the time of this update’s release, most of the major project equipment has arrived on site.  Installation of the single-axis tracking support structure has also begun with significant progress.

The Project is considered one of the highest-profile investments in the Al Safawi region.  The project Sponsor, Al Safawi for Green Energy PSC, has placed a particular importance on the social and economical impact of the Project during construction, resulting in the training and subsequent employment of over 50 residents of the neighboring Al Safawi region.  The Project has also implemented several community-based initiatives.

 

About the Al Safawi Solar PV Project

The Al Safawi Arabia Two Solar PV Plant, with a capacity of 51 MW (66 MWp), is part of Jordan’s second round Renewable Energy IPP Program.  The project, which was awarded as a result of a record-breaking competitive bidding process, is being co-developed in partnership with a leading international solar development firm. Construction on the project commenced in Q1 2018, with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2019. ATC, MASE’s affiliate development entity which will hold the equity stake in the Al Safawi project, is the only developer to be successfully involved in both rounds of Jordan’s Renewable Energy IPP Program, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One Solar PV Plant as part of the first round. MASE will provide comprehensive operations & maintenance to the project under a banked O&M contract.

MASE Summer Internship Program 2018

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Three students join the MASE Summer Internship Program for it’s third season

Amman, Jordan – July 2018: The MASE Summer Internship Program has filled up! Three bright and ambitious college students join our team for up to three months and experience first-hand designing, building, operating and maintaining retail and utility-scale solar PV plants. Thank you to all 20+ students who submitted applications.

About the MASE Summer Internship Program

The MASE Summer Internship Program is typically organized over a period of three months and is designed to provide interns with hands-on experience in the following fields:

1. Engineering and design of residential and rooftop solar PV systems
2. Engineering and design of utility solar PV systems
3. Regulatory and application management
4. OHSA prudent practices in solar energy
5. Implementation and construction of residential and rooftop solar PV systems
6. Implementation and construction of utility solar PV systems
7. Operations, maintenance and management of company solar asset portfolio
8. Performance analysis and reporting
9. Research and development

The Program’s general requirements are as follows:

  • Ongoing B.S. degree in a technical or engineering subject from a reputable institution
  • Strong technical background
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Current GPA of at least 3.0
  • Fluency in Arabic and English
  • Ability to travel within Jordan
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Solar O&M in the Middle East: technical challenges and solutions

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The Technical Paper is published in PV Tech Power‘s Volume 13 (December 2017).

MASE, the region’s leading utility solar O&M provider with over 100 MW of operational and underway solar assets under management, has contributed a technical paper in this month’s edition of PV Tech Power, the solar industry’s foremost technical publication.

The technical paper, titled ‘Solar O&M in the Middle East: technical challenges and solutions‘ covers a handful of unique technical and operational challenges facing utility solar operators in the Middle East region and some of the innovative solutions emerging to keep plants running in the harshest conditions.  The paper leverages MASE’s on-the-ground operational experience and evaluates a number of technical challenges including:

  • The impact of soiling on plant performance, optimal cleaning frequency and methodology;
  • Grid instability concerns, availability and the impact of frequency fluctuations;
  • Equipment design, vulnerability to harsh environmental conditions and recommendations.

In additional to comprehensive technical analysis, the paper builds upon MASE’s O&M experience and provides real-time insight and actionable observations to assist plant owners, contractors and equipment manufacturers in understanding the unique operational challenges of operating utility solar facilities in the Middle East region.

Authors: Tareq Khalifeh (MASE Director of Operations), Haya Shahatit (MASE Project Coordinator), Ady Almadanat (MASE Project Engineer) and Omar Baker (MASE Project Engineer).

 

About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE is dedicated to long term solar performance. Our focus is to become the leading provider of O&M and asset management services for solar plants in the Middle East. Currently, our solar assets under management comprise over 100 MWp of capacity. Our utility solar O&M value proposition covers:

  • Peak performance, maximum availability and rapid intervention;
  • Local on the ground presence, industry best practices and cutting-edge testing and diagnostics technology;
  • Regional partnerships with leading global O&M service providers.