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Solar Decathlon Middle East competition now open

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that registration is now open for the second international Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME).

SDME is an international competition created by the US Department of Energy in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, solar powered house.

The initiative was created through an agreement between Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and US Department of Energy.

SDME consists of 10 contests that will follow the lines of those in previous editions of the competition, although having the necessary customisation to challenge the teams to adapt their designs to the heat, dust and high humidity that is experienced in the Middle East.

Dubai will host the first two rounds of SDME in November 2018, and also in 2020. Read more: Chinese firm secures EPC contract for Rashid Solar Park

The announcement was made at the Second International Workshop, which DEWA organised for the 21 teams from 36 universities in 15 countries participating in the first competition.

Responding to climate change

The projects are developed by multidisciplinary teams, giving the students the opportunity to learn about technical issues, teamwork, communication skills, and sustainable lifestyle and socio-economic issues in order to ensure the viability of their project.

Each project must be a good response to cultural, climatic and social contexts, as well as a high-performance prototype that should successfully perform during the period of time during which it compares with others.

All proposals should be focused on solving the issues and needs for the sustainable living in this region, where high temperatures, high humidity and dust condition our daily lives during most part of the year.

Prizes for the two rounds total over AED20 million ($5.45 million).

Shortlisted teams

Shortlisted teams for the first round of SDME include:

  • Team Spirit of the Union from Zayed University and the Petroleum Institute;
  • Team Know-Howse from University of Sharjah, UAE and University of Ferrara, Italy;
  • Team ORA from Heriot-Watt University in Dubai;
  • Team NYUAD from New York University Abu Dhabi;
  • Team Jeel from the American University in Dubai;
  • Team Al Bayt Al Kamel from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah;
  • Team UOW from University of Wollongong-Australia and University of Wollongong Dubai, Team Aqua Green from Ajman University from the UAE.
  • Other teams also include Team KSU from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia;
  • Team SoLLite Salalah from Dhofar University in Oman;
  • Team BaityKool from the University of Bordeaux, France, Amity University in the UAE, and An-Najah National University from Palestine;
  • Team EFdeN from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania and Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani Dubai Campus, UAE;
  • Team FutureHAUS from Virginia Tech University in the USA;
  • Team HAAB from University of Chieti-Pescara Gabriele D’Annunzio University of Pisa, and University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli in Italy;
  • Team Sapienza from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy;
  • Team VIRTUe from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands; Team TDIS from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan;
  • Team MizanHome from Universiti Teknologi and Universiti Sains Islam in Malaysia;
  • Team Twist Box from the University of Belgrade, Serbia;
  • Team Jordan from the University of Jordan;
  • Team Bgreen from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan.

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