DUBAI, 25th January, 2016 (WAM) — Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has invited university teams from around the world to participate in the Solar Decathlon Middle East. The Solar Decathlon was created through an agreement between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA, and the United States Department of Energy.
Dubai will host the first two rounds of the Solar Decathlon, which is held for the first time in the Middle East, in 2018 and again in 2020 to coincide with World Expo in Dubai, whose theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ fits well with this distinguished international competition. The total competition prizes are AED10 million.
Al Tayer made the invitation at a workshop organised to introduce the Solar Decathlon. It was attended by Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Richard King, Director of Solar Decathlon, US Department of Energy and Joe Simon, Competition Manager at the US Department of Energy, Edwin Rodriguez, Solar Decathlon-Europe, Armando Elliot and Christopher Hamm from Stevens Institute of Technology, winners of Solar Decathlon 2015, and Chiara Tonelli from the Universita Degli Studi di Roma TRE, winners of Solar Decathlon 2014. Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, Solar Decathlon committee members, and DEWA Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents also attended the workshop, which is one of awareness workshops that will be held all year round.
The workshop, held at Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai, was attended by university heads, and deans of engineering colleges, a number of officials and students from universities in the UAE and the region, and a large number of local and international media.
In his keynote speech, Al Tayer said that Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has observed that, “Every investment in the development of clean energy sources is at the same time an investment to protect the environment for future generations.”
In DEWA, we invest heavily in developing people capable of spearheading research and development in clean and renewable energy to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. Last November, His Highness inaugurated the construction works of the DEWA Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It includes a number of research and development laboratories in clean energy. It will also oversee research and development projects with a total investment of AED500 million,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA provides scholarships and innovative programmes to prepare a generation that is capable of pursuing the vision of our wise leadership to achieve sustainable development. One of the programmes adopted by DEWA is the Carbon Ambassadors Programme, whose aim is to involve the youth in sustainability and low-carbon development activities. The first batch of graduates have created self-sustainable bus stops from retired shipping containers to inspire a more environmentally-sustainable way of life.”