On April 12th, 2021, The British University in Egypt (BUE) represented by Prof. Yehia Bahei-El-Din, Acting President, Vice President (Research and Postgraduate Studies), and The Egyptian Countryside Development Company “El-Reef Al-Masry” (SAE) represented by Major General Amr Abdel-Wahab, signed a joint cooperation protocol in the field of renewable energy in the western desert region, which was witnessed by Mrs. Farida Khamis, Chair of BUE Board of Trustees.
In 2015, El-Reef Al-Masry was established to serve the reclamation, cultivation and development of a 1.5 million acers of Egypt’s desert land. The aim was to create communities and new integrated industries that not only include agricultural activity, but also industries linked/based on land productivity, while maintaining groundwater-resources utilization, and opening new areas of economic development. Whereas, the British University is keen to achieve development in the field of renewable energy in Egypt and to provide services to researchers and specialists in this field to promote renewable energy applications in solving the problems facing the country with the latest technologies.
The British University through the EU-funded project – Affordable Resources for Egypt’s Industrial Growth (RIndustry) – is planning to install and operate one of the wind turbines prototypes developed and produced by its research teams in the western-western Minya region located on the Bani Mazar Al-Bawiti road. In the framework of this joint cooperation, Al-Reef Al-Masry will designate an area and provide the logistics for the BUE to install and operate the wind turbine after conducting necessary wind measurements in the region to determine the installation feasibility. Some of the wind turbines prototypes were earlier developed under the “New and Renewable Energy Alliance” project funded by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).