ABB to support university to build a fully sustainable solar-powered house

ABB will support the American University in Dubai (AUD) with products to support the University team’s efforts in the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME). ABB will provide the University’s team ‘JEEL’ with latest electrical products to build a solar powered house and compete in the Solar Decathlon event held in Dubai, in November 2018. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Solar Decathlon Middle East is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge students to design and build fully sustainable solar-powered houses. The 2018 edition of this competition is organized by Dubai’s utility provider DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in Dubai.

“Without a strong and competent engineering workforce, a country’s development is not sustainable,” said Mostafa AlGuezeri, Managing Director, ABB in United Arab Emirates and oversight countries. “We believe good engineering skills are fundamental to a sustainable development program and are very happy to support these young engineers to build a solar-powered house. We congratulate DEWA on bringing Solar Decathlon to the region.”

Electricity generation from solar energy is the key to a sustainable and resourceful future for generations to come. AUD’s project “JEEL”, (Generation) in Arabic, has been selected to reflect this message.

Taking a critical step toward the development of sustainable cities of the future, JEEL employs affordable, resource-efficient, and both user and eco-friendly technologies in constructing a solar-powered energy efficient home. The architectural design of the sustainable house addresses relevant traditional, modern, and innovative architectural elements to accommodate a sustainable living environment while maintaining aspects of the Emirati culture.

“Collaborating with ABB is in line with our strategic plan to innovate and expose our students to the latest trends and technologies. This is a great learning opportunity to set our future engineers on the right path for sustainable developments. It is a privilege to work with such a high-tech company with cutting-edge technologies. We are very pleased to partner with them on such a high-profile project and maintain AUD’s vision,” commented Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, Dean of the School of Engineering.

AUD was shortlisted for the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition in October 2016. Since then, the university has established an effective multidisciplinary team to build an energy efficient house for the Solar Decathlon competition. Students from the AUD School of Engineering, in collaboration with the School of Art, Architecture and Design are working closely with reputable companies, to utilize the latest technologies in solar power and construction engineering.  Students from disciplines as diverse as civil, mechanical, electrical engineering and architecture are working together to design, execute, and disseminate relevant information to the public about the project.

Solar Decathlon has become a global phenomenon since its inception in 2002. For the past 15 years, it has been the world's premier student competition in the field of sustainable engineering. It has also been an intensive learning opportunity for consumers and homeowners as they experience the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and sustainable buildings while providing hands-on experience and unique training that prepares the students to enter the clean energy workforce.

Twenty two teams, including  a host of university submissions from countries around the world including Austria, USA, Finland, France, UAE, Spain, and Taiwan were chosen to move forward based on their initial proposals in the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME). This international competition was created through an agreement signed between Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, energy efficient livable solar house to be exhibited and evaluated in Dubai in 2018.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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