Solar Decathlon Middle East

The Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) was created through an agreement signed between Dubai Water and Electricity 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 and 2020.

The 2018 edition of this competition is organized by DEWA, in Dubai at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. SDME consists of 10 contests that will follow the lines of those in previous editions of the competition, although having the necessary customization to challenge the teams to adapt their designs to the heat, dust & high humidity that we experience in the Middle East. The projects are developed by multidisciplinary teams, giving the students the opportunity to learn about technical issues, teamwork, communication skills, and sustainable lifestyle and socio-economic issues in order to ensure the viability of their project.

Middle East Climate

The SDME 2018 embraces the goal of developing and promoting ideas, capacities and technologies that can be implemented for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Middle East region. Each project must be a good response to our cultural, climatic and social contexts, as well as a high-performance prototype that should successfully perform during the period of time during which it compares with others. All proposals should be focused on solving the issues and needs for the sustainable living in this region, where high temperatures, high humidity and dust condition our daily lives during most part of the year.

 

10
Contests

 

21
Teams

 

15
Countries

 

36
Universities

Over AED

10
million in prizes

Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is an international competition created by the U.S. Department of Energy in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, solar powered house.

The houses use solar energy as the only energy source and are equipped with all the technologies that permit maximum energy efficiency. During the final phase of the competition teams assemble their houses in a main expo area, open to the general public, while undergoing the 10 contests of the competition, reason for which this event is called Decathlon. (‘Deca’ derives from Greek and means ten).

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and previous additions have been organized in different areas including the U.S, Europe and China.

Our Vision

Through this competition, DEWA will continue its journey to transform Dubai into a global hub for green economy and renewable energy.

Hosting the Solar Decathlon in Dubai underlines Dewa’s commitment to consolidating Dubai’s position as a place that encourages innovation, incubates creativity and promotes environmental sustainability, to ensure clean, healthy and safe environments for generations to come

UAE
Host Nation

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.

2nd December, 1971 the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan unified the small, underdeveloped states into a federation—the only one in the Arab world. With his visionary leadership, oil wealth was used to develop the UAE into one of the world’s most open and successful economies.

In 2004, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the President and has since continued to strive towards an ambitious vision for the UAE.

One of the important goals of Solar Decathlon ME being organized in the UAE is to position the UAE as a worldwide reference for sustainable built environment initiatives.

Steering Committee