C-NEW - Competence Center Nexus “Energy & Water” – Combining Competence
Providing the population with water and energy in sufficient quantity and quality is a central and challenging task for all countries of the world, which must be managed in a climate-friendly way concering the background of global warming. Fulfilling this difficult task requires interdisciplinary and integrative approaches that take equal account of the issues of energy and water because they are inextricably linked. For example, the water sector in Jordan consumes about 15 % of the generated electricity. Conversely, water is required for the provision of energy. Despite this strong link between energy and water, these topics are mostly considered separately in research at the University of Jordan (UJ). The main goal of this project is therefore to bring together researchers from both disciplines and thus to build and bundle competences in the area of Nexus Energy Water and to make this combined competence in the form of a competence center available for the university and students. For this purpose, existing competences at the UJ are linked and complemented by competences of the Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics (IUE) and the Institute of Water Resources and Water Supply (WWV) of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). Links between the energy and water sectors at both universities will be strengthened and at the same time links between the two universities will be intensified. The exchange of students is also an important component of the project. Research questions in the Nexus Energy and Water will be developed on the basis of German-Jordanian cooperation and - in a first step - investigated with the help of master theses. Another goal is to improve teaching through this project. Methods are taught on how research approaches and results can be efficiently integrated into teaching.