In the context of SHAAMS, a project for the promotion of solar energy in the Mediterrenean countries, Berytech joined forces with CCIABML and Achrafieh 2020, to organize Earth Hour initiative. Therefore, on March 29th 2014, Lebanon has joined 157 countries in the world switching off the lights of the Presidential Palace as well as the Grand Serail, in a symbolic move to raise awareness and get the Lebanese of all ages involved in saving energy, contributing in saving the earth, protecting what has been given, and making a difference.
Lebanon has joint the global community in celebrating the “Earth Hour” event reported on the link bellow
About the video competition: “Use Your Power”
A video competition was also launched in this context, inviting aspiring talents to produce creative short films, which highlight energy saving, solar and renewable sources of energy.
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Throughout this initiative, Berytech aims at fostering innovation towards a sustainable environement and support aspiring talents in this field.
About renewable energies in Lebanon:
In the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, the Lebanese government made a pledge to develop renewable energy production capacity to reach 12% of the total electricity supply by 2020. A share of 12% of 6,700 MW would mean a production capacity of 804 MW to be ensured by means of renewable energy production.
For the moment being, only 4.5% of energy consumed in Lebanon comes from renewable sources. So we are still far from the 12% target to be achieved in 2020.
The main types of renewable energy are the following:
– Solar energy: Lebanon has in average 300 days of sun during the year. So we really encourage the Lebanese to install solar systems, and reduce their electricity bill.
There are two main ways to use solar energy:
• Thermal water heaters are being widely used by Lebanese households. This helps heat up water by using solar energy. We can find a large number of installers in the Lebanese market, and these systems are today quite affordable.
• Photovoltaic systems help transform solar energy into electricity. If the electricity is not used during the day, the system can sell electricity to EDL, and reduce its electricity bill.
– Wind energy: this is about the windmills that we see sometimes on the roof of buildings.
– Biomass energy is about using the energy is present in plants or in other living organisms. This is considered as a renewable source of energy, because it does not use the petrol present underground. In Lebanon, we can find boilers for hot water that work on pellets.