From Tunisia: Raising Readiness of Countries Adopting SHAMCI Program for Certifying Solar Thermal Systems

A specialized training program was held in the Tunisian capital on 15-19 December 2014 titled “Procedures of Granting SHAMCI certification to solar thermal systems”. The training was attended by representatives of Arab countries that officially joined the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI), namely Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. RCREEE organized the training program in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Tunisian National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME).

The initiative contributes to the overall strategic context of building institutional and human capacities in the fields of sustainable energy in the Arab countries. Technicians in testing labs, certification bodies and authorities inspecting industrial facilities will be able to apply SHAMCI program procedures to grant certificates. The training program was attended by three international solar heater quality experts, in addition to experts from Tunisia. Field visits were also arranged to industrial facilities and labs to ensure the accurateness of practical procedures in line with the SHAMCI rules.

A plan is currently being formulated to allow those countries to grant SHAMCI marks by 2015 through training the technical staff and equipping the solar water heating labs.
SHAMCI is gaining more momentum in the region. A lab is currently being prepared in Tunisia at the Technical Center for Building Materials, Ceramics and Glass (CTMCCV) to enable it to test solar thermal systems. In Lebanon, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) lab is planned for rehabilitation to serve the same purpose. The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) in Egypt is preparing to receive bids to rehabilitate the solar heating systems labs.