On April 12th, 2021, The British University in Egypt represented by Prof. Yehia Bahei-El-Din, Acting President, Vice President (Research and Postgraduate Studies), and attended by Mrs Farida Khamis, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and The New Egyptian Countryside Development Company “El-Reef Al-Masry” (SAE) represented by Major General\ Amr Abdel-Wahab, signed a joint cooperation protocol regarding the cooperation in the field of renewable energy in a western desert region, known as Western -Western Minya, Minya Governorate. El-Reef Al-Masry was established according to the decree of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones in 2015 for the purpose of reclamation, cultivation and development of the lands of “The one and a half million acres” project to create communities and new integrated industries that include, in addition to agricultural activity, industries linked and based on the productivity of the land, while organizing the utilization of groundwater resources, 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.
El-Reef Al-Masry has allocated some lands in different areas of the “The one and a half million acres” project to the beneficiaries for the purpose of reclamation, cultivation and development, where the British University is going to experiment 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 joint cooperation between the two parties, Al-Reef Al-Masry will allocate an area for the BUE to install and operate the wind turbine. First, the BUE will conduct wind measurements in the region to determine the feasibility of the installation process. El-Reef Al-Masry will provide the necessary logistics to install the turbine, which includes foundation civil works and necessary cranes. The British University’s plan to test wind turbines prototypes produced within the “New and Renewable Energy Alliance” project funded by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and the “Affordable Resources” project funded by the European Union.