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DEWA invites universities from around world to participate in 2nd SDME

April 09, 2019 DEWA invites universities from around world to participate in 2nd SDME

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, will organise the second webinar to learn about participation in the 2nd Solar Decathlon Middle East, SDME. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 16th April.

DEWA has invited universities from around the world to register for SDME, which it organises in 2020 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. SDME is part of a partnership between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and the US Department of Energy. The second SDME builds on the success of the first, which DEWA organised in November 2018.

"The first Solar Decathlon Middle East, which DEWA organised for the first time in the Middle East and Africa, was a great success. It attracted over 600 students and academics, comprising 54 nationalities, and 15 teams from 28 universities in 11 countries, reflecting the UAE's position as a hub for creativity and an incubator for innovators. Dubai’s hosting of the first and second SDME, with total prizes exceeding AED20 million, reflects the Emirate’s position as a city of the future that embraces sustainable solutions and provides space for creative youth from all over the world to innovate," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

The Solar Decathlon Middle East, which is the largest and most competitive and challenging competition among international universities, aims to involve the youth in the sustainable development process, and encourages them to innovate and unleash their creativity in developing innovative solutions that support global efforts to address the negative impacts of climate change.

"We realise that young people are the driving force for building a brighter future. The first SDME saw innovative models for sustainable smart homes designed to suit the cultural, social, and climatic conditions of the Middle East. We hope to see more developed models in the second SDME, which will be held in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai, whose theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ fits well with this distinguished international competition," concluded Al Tayer.

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