Emirates News Agency – Solar Decathlon Designs

Dubai, August 6 / WAM / Several regions in the different emirates of the country are witnessing the application of
The designs of some of the teams that participated in the first and second rounds of the competition
International Universities for Solar Home Design / Decathlon
Solar Energy – Middle East/ to establish sustainable research centers and laboratories.

The university teams expressed their happiness to start implementing the designs of their homes in several
Areas in Dubai and abroad in cooperation with a group of real estate developers and programs
Global housing.

The teams thanked the organizers of the competition for providing opportunities for
Young people to unleash their creativity and turn their innovative designs into reality
Encouraging them to design, build and operate sustainable models of powered homes

The competition was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council and organized by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in
Partnership framework between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Authority with the Ministry of Energy
American. The first sessions /2018/ and the second /2021/ were organized from
The competition for the first time in the Middle East and Africa at the Mohammed bin Rashid Complex
Al Maktoum Solar is the largest single-site solar park on
world level.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said:
And the Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority: “We are pleased to see
The positive impact of the competition in Dubai and its support for the “Dubai Urban Plan”
2040”, which draws an integrated map of urban development, its main axis
Sustainable development to make Dubai the best city for life in the world.

He added, “We are working in the authority to launch and incubate initiatives, programs and competitions
Which contribute to the consolidation of the position of the United Arab Emirates and the Emirate of Dubai
As an incubator for innovators to develop innovative solutions that contribute to counteracting the effects of change
climate and youth participation in the sustainable development process.
Among the most prominent teams that have started implementing the designs of their homes in the emirates of the country: Team
Betty Cole from Bordeaux University in France and Amity University in the UAE
An-Najah National University in Palestine; The Aqua Green team from Ajman University;
The Desert Rose team from the University of Wollongong in Australia; The “Sharjah” team from
Al Sharekah University; and the Esteem team from Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom
and Heriot-Watt University in Dubai.

Dr. Tim McCarthy, Director of the University’s Center for Sustainable Buildings Research
Wollongong in Australia; And Dr. Naglaa Mahmoud is an assistant professor at the College of
Architecture at Ajman University; Dr. Philip Lagerie, Professor
Assistant at the University of Bordeaux in France on the importance of the opportunity presented by the competition
To test team projects on the ground and use software and software for the time
The first, which allowed them to improve it, know its strengths and weaknesses, and refine the experiences of all
Team members and enhance communication skills.

It was the largest, most competitive and challenging competition among international universities
With total prizes exceeding 20 million dirhams. Reflected Dubai’s hosting of the competition
The emirate’s position as a futuristic city that provides space for young people from all over the world
for creativity and innovation. 8 teams out of 12 participated in the second round of the competition
Universities around the world, while the first session attracted more than 600 students and academics
From 54 nationalities within 15 teams from 28 universities in 11 countries around the world. formed
The “Solar Decathlon – Middle East” competition is an important addition to the march
Sustainable development through smart and sustainable homes that depend on solar energy
And the latest disruptive technologies and solutions of the fourth industrial revolution
Efficient in terms of cost, energy and water consumption, which contributes to conservation
on natural resources for current and future generations.

WAM/ Salma Al Shamsi/ Muhammad Nabil/ Zakaria Mohieldin

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