AUD and DEWA collaborate

Dr. Mohamad Nassereddine, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the American University in Dubai (AUD)

Sep 27, 2018

American University in Dubai and DEWA collaborate in the field of solar energy
Society of Engineers – UAE hosts lecture by AUD professor on electrical system design

Dr. Mohamad Nassereddine, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the American University in Dubai (AUD), met yesterday with a team of experts at the DEWA Research and Development Center at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The parties explored collaboration between the School of Engineering at AUD and DEWA, to enrich the experience of engineering students studying solar energy systems, and prepare a new generation of engineers to tackle the energy challenges through clean energy. It is worth noting that AUD is one of fifteen universities worldwide to participate in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition, which takes place this November. AUD’s solar-powered house, which will be assembled by students at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, will be open to the public in a public display over a period of three weeks.

On the other hand, the Society of Engineers – UAE invited Dr. Nassereddine to deliver a lecture, at its headquarters in Dubai, on the design of electrical systems for residential and industrial buildings. More than 100 engineers from both the public and private sectors, who are also members of the Society, attended the evening event. The lecturer explained standard and innovative methods to calculate electrical loads in residential and industrial facilities, with the goal of optimizing energy consumption.
Dr. Nassereddine also talked about the use of artificial intelligence in the design of smart grids, in line with Dubai's drive to become the leading smart city worldwide. He also explained new and emerging technologies for advanced electrical network monitoring and control that use real-time data to adjust the electric loads and react accordingly in terms of generation and distribution. “Such advanced control systems allow us to avoid power outages and instabilities, and to conduct maintenance tasks without cutting off the power,” said Nassereddine.
A comparative study between electric load calculations and electric system design in Dubai and Australia was also covered during the lecture. According to Nassereddine, the load calculation and design methods approved in Dubai give the engineer greater freedom in terms of design innovation. In contrast, the Australian regulations are more prescriptive.
Following the success of the lecture, the Society of Engineers invited Dr. Nassereddine to deliver a second lecture in November on electric grid security and protection.