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Equitable Electricity for Refugees in Jordan

NRC and NORCAP staff is demonstrating how the smart energy controller works in Azraq refugee camp.  PHOTO:NRC
NRC and NORCAP staff is demonstrating how the smart energy controller works in Azraq refugee camp. PHOTO:NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will in partnership with the Jordanian startup Neurotech develop a solution that will increase refugees' access to energy and control of energy consumption.

 

What is the humanitarian challenge?

Access to energy and control of one's own energy consumption has been identified as a core challenge for both refugees in camps and in host communities in Jordan. Energy is rationed in camps, limiting the number of hours in the day when the refugees have access to energy. 

What is innovative about this project?

The project will develop a mechanism to provide refugees with timely and accurate information on their energy consumption. Through the provision of an energy controller system that controls electricity consumption of households based on primary and secondary electrical needs, it will ensure minimization of electricity cuts that have a negative impact on primary needs. In refugee camps, this will lead to a fairer electricity access and efficient electricity usage.

What are the expected outcomes?

The expected outcome of the project is to pilot an energy controller solution in 200 households in Azrac refugee camp in Jordan. If successful, the solution can be scaled to reach more people in the camp to ensure fair distribution of electricity. 

Who are the project partners?

The project is a partnership between Norwegian Refugee Council and Jordanian startup Neurotech. The partners met through the Jordan Energy hackathon that was organised in the marigins of the Norwegian state visit to Jordan in 2020.