The »Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018« will take place at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and MD and CEO of DEWA, has announced that the »Solar Decathlon Middle East« in November 2018 will be organized at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE. The »Solar Decathlon Middle East« is held »for the first time in the Middle East and Africa, while we are at the World Government Summit,« said Al Tayer.
Al Tayer noted the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was selected to host the Solar Decathlon Middle East »because it is one of the most important projects and key to developing the economy to support environmental sustainability and increase our supply of clean energy.« The solar park will provide 25 percent of Dubai’s total power output by 2030, producing 5,000 MW by 2030. An area of approximately 60,000 square meters has been allocated to the Solar Decathlon at the solar park.
A total of 22 university teams from 16 countries have been shortlisted to the final stage of the Solar Decathlon. The teams include the UAE, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, USA, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Romania, Malaysia, Taiwan, Pakistan, and Serbia. Qualified teams will design, build, and operate sustainable, cost-and-energy efficient models of solar-powered homes, with a focus on protecting the environment, and taking into consideration the climate conditions of the region.
The »Solar Decathlon Middle East« was created through an agreement between both the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA, and the United States Department of Energy. Dubai will host two rounds of this distinguished competition. First in 2018 and then in 2020 to coincide with World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
According to the »Clean Energy Strategy 2050«, Dubai aims to increase the share of clean energy in the energy mix, so clean energy will generate 7 percent of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.

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