American University in Dubai Reveals Solar Decathlon Middle Project
The American University in Dubai (AUD) revealed for the first time their model of the Solar Decathlon Middle East Project at WETEX. 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, and electrical engineering; architecture and interior design; journalism and digital production are working together to design, execute, and disseminate relevant information to the public about the project.

"We are excited to be a part of this innovative project. AUD has an impressive concept and our students are the talent of the future," commented Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, Dean of the School of Engineering.

Electricity generation from solar energy is the key to a sustainable and resourceful future for generations to come. AUD's project "JEEL", meaning (Generation) in Arabic, has been selected to reflect this message. Taking a critical step toward the development of sustainable cities in the future, JEEL employs affordable, resource-efficient, and both user and eco-friendly technologies in constructing a solar-powered energy efficient residential unit. 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.

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 a hands-on experience and unique training that prepares the students to enter the clean energy workforce. Twenty two teams among 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) - an international competition 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 sufficient livable solar house to be exhibited and evaluated in Dubai in 2018.