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Massive turnout for first SDME

posted on 19/07/2016: 1456 views



Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has praised the remarkable international and regional turnout at the inaugural Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 (SDME 2018), which will held in Dubai.

A record number of university teams sent comprehensive proposals to take part in SDME 2018 during the registration period, which ended on 30 June 2016. The participating universities are from 19 different international and Middle Eastern countries.

Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges teams to design and build smart houses that only use solar power.

"We are working to achieve the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to establish Dubai as a global hub for sustainability and innovation. To support the UAE Vision 2021, to make the UAE among the best countries in the world, and the Dubai Plan 2021, to further Dubai's pioneering position as one of the world's greatest cities, Dubai will host the Solar Decathlon in 2018 and also in 2020, to coincide with the Expo 2020 Dubai . We will carefully select the shortlisted teams, to meet the ambitious goals of the competitions, and support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, diversifying Dubai's energy, and increasing the contribution of renewable energy in Dubai's energy mix to reach 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050," said Al Tayer.

"Never has an international Solar Decathlon received so many proposals from so many interested university teams," said Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon at the US Department of Energy (DoE).

"The Solar Decathlon Middle East will establish new levels of competition and more involvement than we could have hoped for," said Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA.

DEWA has selected a specialised and experienced judging panel to review and evaluate the presented proposals. This process will take several weeks. The selected teams will be announced during the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai on 6 October. Once selected to enter the competition, teams will have two years to design and build sustainable houses.

After completion, teams will engage in 10 different contests, ranging from architecture and engineering to sustainability and innovation. These contests aim to provide the participating teams with valuable practical experience in clean energy design.

The winners of the first SDME in 2018 will be awarded cash prizes totalling AED 10 million (USD $2.5 million).

In October 2018, the solar-powered houses will be unveiled at the SDME's site, as the participating students will accompany the public to present the details of their winning designs. The public will also be able to watch the decathletes in action as they compete. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395297893561.html

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