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Ajman University Initiates Solar Decathlon Site & Renewable Energy Centre

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017

His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Head of Ajman Municipality and Planning and Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees AU did the honors of laying the foundation corner stone of the Renewable Energy Centre Ajman. This Centre will also enable the Solar Decathlon team Aqua Green Ajman to build an eco-house as part of the competitions requirement. Dr. Karim Seghir, Ajman University Chancellor welcomed the gathering of Vice-Chancellors, Deans, faculty Members and students.

His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi congratulated the students and boosted their moral by his kind and encouraging words. Chancellor Seghir, reiterated the University’s relentless support to its students and their quest to achieve at local, regional and international events. Dr. Sahar Sulaiman and Dr. Sahar Makky along with other dedicated faculty members are supervising the students competing at Solar Decathlon.

Ajman University is one of the teams selected to compete at the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. They were selected  after rigorous proceedings; DEWA announced the selected team in October 2016 at a prestigious event World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2016. It stands proud amongst 21 other competitors from around the world; representing the Emirates of Ajman and UAE. The AU Team is “Aqua Green” Ajman and comprises of Male and Female students from all the disciplines of Engineering and IT.

The Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) was created through an agreement signed between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America, in June 2015, in order to organize a sustainable solar houses competition in Dubai in 2018.

It is an international competition where students from universities are requested to design and build a solar sustainable zero CO2 emissions house. The house will be judged by ten items, hence the Decathlon. The students are then supposed to dismantle the house and move it to the location of the exhibition in in Dubai in 2018, and reconstruct it in 10 days on site within the exhibition confounds. The exhibition will stay open to the public for two months. The competitors are given two years to design and build the house.

AU has designed and planned their entry in the competition to be transferred into the Renewable Energy Research Center when it is moved back from the location of the exhibition.

The website for Ajman University Team- Solar Decathlon Ajman is