Omani Bedouins' readiness to accept solar thermoelectric refrigeration systems

Sabah A. Abdul-Wahab, Ali Elkamel, Ali M. Al-Damkhi, Is'haq A. Al-Habsi, Hilal S. Al-Rubai'ey, Abdulaziz K. Al-Battashi, Ali R. Al-Tamimi, Khamis H. Al-Mamari, Muhammad U. Chutani

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Abstract

In this work, a portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator was built in order to help Bedouin people living in remote parts of Oman. The purpose of the study was to demonstrate the feasibility of the implementation of the fabricated solar thermoelectric refrigerator. To this end, a survey questionnaire was conducted in order to evaluate the willingness of the Bedouin to buy the designed unit. Various questions were asked to assess the attitudes and the opinion of Bedouin on various issues related to the refrigerator. These questions mainly concentrated on people's satisfaction with the performance of the conventional refrigerator and their readiness to buy solar-powered refrigerators. The results of the survey indicated that the refrigerator was marketable in the Bedouin Desert. The results of the survey also revealed that the Bedouin people are seriously concerned with environmental issues and want to make a conscious effort to protect the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Technology and Policy
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Energy technology
  • Oman
  • Solar thermoelectric refrigerator
  • Survey questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Abdul-Wahab, S. A., Elkamel, A., Al-Damkhi, A. M., Al-Habsi, I. A., Al-Rubai'ey, H. S., Al-Battashi, A. K., Al-Tamimi, A. R., Al-Mamari, K. H., & Chutani, M. U. (2009). Omani Bedouins' readiness to accept solar thermoelectric refrigeration systems. International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy, 7(1), 127-136. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJETP.2009.023215