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The Solar Decathlon competition offers designs for zero energy future homes

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The second edition of the international competition for universities to design solar homes “Solar Decathlon – Middle East”, participates in the design of smart and sustainable homes that use digital technologies to improve energy efficiency and protect the health of the planet and its population.

The competition is sponsored by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Directors, and is organized by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in a partnership structure between the Dubai Supreme. Energy Council and Commission with the U.S. Department of Energy.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Dyer, Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, noted that the “Solar Decathlon – Middle East” competition is an important addition to the sustainable development process through smart and sustainable housing that relies on solar energy. It is characterized by efficiency based on the latest destructive technologies and solutions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well as energy and water consumption that conserve natural resources for present and future generations and improve the status of the United Arab Emirates. Emirates is an important platform for inventors and creators from around the world.

He said the competition supports DEWA’s efforts to integrate innovation in the field of sustainability, while encouraging young people around the world to come up with innovative solutions that support global efforts to combat the negative effects of climate change and promote change towards a more sustainable lifestyle. It contributes to the conservation of the environment and natural resources and reflects Dubai’s hosting the first two sessions.

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The ESTEME team at Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom and Heriot-Watt University in Dubai offer Zero-Energy Home, which relies on smart technologies, artificial intelligence integration and smart cooling solutions that allow us to fully control the digital home and be environmentally friendly. Behaviors.Printing technology was used to build the house. And two-sided photovoltaic solar panels rely on the house grid system to generate electricity, allowing the house to be adapted to the needs of the occupants.

Eight teams from 12 universities around the world are participating in the second edition of this year. .