Emirates News Agency – The launch of the second edition of the “Solar Decathlon – Middle East” competition

DUBAI, 24th October / WAM / The second edition of the International Competition for Universities to Design Solar-Based Homes (Solar Decathlon – Middle East) kicked off today under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and organized by the Electricity Authority And Dubai Water within the framework of the partnership between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Authority with the US Department of Energy, with the participation of 8 teams from 11 universities around the world.

The university teams started building the sustainable smart homes in which they participated in the competition in the “Decathlon Village” in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The authority organized a reception for the university teams in the presence of His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and a number of DEWA officials.

In his opening speech, His Excellency Al Tayer said: “I am pleased to welcome you to the United Arab Emirates, the incubator of innovators and the destination for entrepreneurs, innovators and emerging companies from all over the world, as it provides a stimulating environment for the future industry under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, “may God protect him”, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and I am pleased to welcome you to The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar energy complex in the world and will have a production capacity of about 5,000 megawatts by 2030 and currently provide about 10% of the energy production capacity in Dubai.The percentage of clean capacity will reach 75% of the energy mix by The year 2050 according to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. He added that Dubai’s hosting of the first and second sessions of the Solar Decathlon – Middle East competition supports the vision of our wise leadership on the necessity of empowering young innovators and as part of our efforts to encourage young people from around the world to unleash their energies and motivate them to be creative and innovative, especially in the field of sustainability to develop innovative solutions that support global efforts. To confront climate change and promote the shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle, we are aware that young people are the driving force for building a brighter and more sustainable future.

This edition of the competition is of special importance, as it is held in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai, which hosts the world under the slogan “Connecting Minds…Making the Future.” This global competition This edition of the competition is also held in the “Fiftieth Year”, during which we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the country and prepare for another fifty years of pioneering achievements.

DEWA will allocate a platform within its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to display models of the homes that you are participating in in the Middle East Solar Decathlon this year, along with the smart and sustainable home that won first place in the first round of the competition.

His Excellency continued: “The first round of the competition in 2018 recorded important achievements and contributed to the development of a number of smart and sustainable homes that were implemented in development projects in Dubai. I am confident that the innovative models that you participate in the competition will constitute an important addition to the sustainable development process through homes.” It is smart and sustainable, based on the latest disruptive technologies, and is cost-efficient, energy and water consumption, which contributes to preserving natural resources for our future generations.” Al Tayer thanked the sponsors and partners for the second cycle of the Middle East Solar Decathlon, as well as the teachers and supervisors of the teams and everyone who had a role in organizing this prestigious global competition, wishing success to all participating teams.

For his part, Engineer Walid bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence Sector at DEWA, ​​said that the Solar Decathlon competition is the most competitive among international universities and aims to involve young people in the sustainable development process by designing, building and operating smart and sustainable models that take into account the climatic conditions of the region. This is within 10 areas, including: architecture, engineering and construction, energy management, energy efficiency, comfort standards, home appliance performance, sustainable transportation, sustainability, connectivity and innovation.

The following teams will participate in the second round of the competition: Team KU from Khalifa University in the UAE; the “Sharjah” team from the University of Sharjah; The “Desert Phoenix” team from the University of Louisville in the United States, the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, the American University in Dubai and the American University of Sharjah; the “Harmony” team from the British University in Dubai; the ASTIM team from Heriot-Watt University in the UK and Heriot-Watt University in Dubai; Tawazun team from Manipal Academy of Higher Education – Dubai; the GoSmart team from the University of Bahrain; and the South China University of Technology team.

The public will be able to visit the Decathlon Village in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and see the homes in which the university teams are participating in the competition, during the period from November 11-25, 2021.

Wam/ Salma Al Shamsi/ Dina Omar


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