MENA Geothermal is currently the largest provider of geothermal systems in the Middle East and North Africa region. Since 2008, MENA Geothermal has been dedicated to altering regional approaches towards energy by providing affordable and experienced consulting services for both the commercial and residential units. With its headquarters based in Ramallah, MENA Geothermal has challenged perceptions of the regions understanding of sustainability and energy usage. The company specializes in the design and installation process of geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Founder and Vice-President, Khaled Sabawi, was named one of the World’s Top Energy Entrepreneurs by the Global Post. In addition, the Global Post had this to say about the work Khaled Sabawi is doing through MENA Geothermal:
Al Gore isn’t going to save the world from climate change…But the world doesn’t need Gore, or any other global warming “guru.” That’s because it already has Khaled Al Sabawi in Ramallah, who’s heating and cooling homes in the West Bank with geothermal energy.
So how exactly does a geothermal system work? Explained in brief on MENA Geothermal’s website:
Throughout the year, outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the changing seasons. However, underground temperatures do not. In fact, about four to six feet below the earths surface, temperatures remain relatively constant year-round. A geothermal system, which consists of an indoor unit and a buried earth loop capitalizes on these constant temperatures.
Geothermal technology is not new however in the context of the Middle East and North Africa, but much work still needs to be done in the area of sustainable energy. In a region that is constantly reliant on donor-aid and oil profits, geothermal technology can provide local communities effective, affordable and more importantly environmentally friendly options to heat and cool your space. In an interview with Emel, Khaled Sabawi explains the importance of investing in green technology in the developing context:
We believe that developing countries are in a unique position to build sustainably and right, and it is a good time to build from scratch.
Check out the informational video from MENA Geothermal below: