SESAME which stands for “Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and applications in the Middle East” is
a “third-generation” synchrotron light source under construction in Allan (Jordan). It will be the Middle East's first major international research centre.
Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Director of Energy Research Oxford, President of the SESAME Council and former Director General of CERN has presented a series of very well documented seminars entitled The Outlook for Energy Supply and Demand at CERN mid September 2015. In the Q&A, he did mention that the SESAME project faces a serious running cost issue due to a very high electricity price in Allan. Grid alternative like solar power plant to cover the energy needs for this emblematic project are currently being considered. SESAME
is a cooperative venture by scientists and governments of the region set up on the model of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). It is being developed under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) following the formal approval given for this by the Organization's Executive Board (164th session, May 2002).