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Dubai's DEWA invites public to register to visit first Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018

Dubai will host the first and second Solar Decathlons as part of a partnership between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and the US Department of Energy. The second SDME will be held in 2020 to coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened registration for the public to visit the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) 2018 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Seih Al Dahl, Dubai and view the projects of the international university teams who are participating in the competition.

The first SDME is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai from 14-29 November 2018.

A total of 15 teams representing 28 universities from 11 countries are taking part in the competition. Dubai will host the first and second Solar Decathlons as part of a partnership between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and the US Department of Energy. The second SDME will be held in 2020 to coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of DEWA, urged the public to visit the 60,000 square-metre SDME site at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model, highlighting its significant role in Dubai’s transition towards renewable and clean energy.

This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 75% of the Emirate’s total power output from clean energy, and establish a sustainable model to provide energy and support economic growth, as well as make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

“The UAE has become a role model for sustainable development in its environmental, social, and economic aspects. This is reflected in the development strategies, programmes, and plans that ensure a sustainable growth that balances development with environmental conservation, especially the UAE Centennial 2071 and the National Agenda for the UAE Vision 2021,” said Al Tayer.

“The UAE has become a hub for creativity, and a destination and incubator for innovators from all over the world; thanks to the efforts of our wise leadership, who provide an innovation-friendly environment that promotes research and development.”

He said that hosting the world's largest and most competitive and challenging university competition in Dubai, supports DEWA’s efforts to provide opportunities for the youth, who are the driving force for building a brighter future.

“We want to unleash their potential, and encourage them to be creative and innovative. The contest will also help students develop effective solutions and support global efforts to protect the planet from the effects of global warming,” concluded Al Tayer.

SDME encourages the participating teams to design, build, and operate sustainable models of solar-powered homes, with a focus on protecting the environment, taking into consideration the climate of the region.

The participating teams will compete in 10 contests: architecture; engineering and building; energy management; energy efficiency; comfort conditions; house functioning; sustainable transport; sustainability; communications, and innovation.

DEWA invites the public to schedule a visit to the SDME site, to view the projects of the competing teams, and enjoy the relevant educational and entertaining activities.

To register, please go to the competition’s website www.solardecathlonme.com

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