Team "Go Smart" from UOB participates in SDME 2021

This participation comes in context with the university's keenness of supporting and encouraging the students to represent the Kingdom of Bahrain in all international events and competitions

Team Go Smart from UOB participates in SDME 2021

Dubai, UAE: Team “Go Smart” – University of Bahrain is preparing to participate in the second edition of Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) competition. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organises the competition in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, as part of an agreement between DEWA, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and US Department of Energy. The University of Bahrain team is the only team representing the Kingdom of Bahrain in this international event that DEWA organised for the first time in the Middle East and Africa in 2018. This participation comes in context with the university's keenness of supporting and encouraging the students to represent the Kingdom of Bahrain in all international events and competitions. 

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, highlighted that SDME is the largest and most competitive global competition among international universities. The competition promotes using disruptive technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution for designing and building solar-powered smart and sustainable houses. This enhances the UAE’s position as a key platform for innovators and creative minds around the world.

“Our vision is guided by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to empower youth and engage them in the development process as well as anticipate and shape the future. We also aim to enhance their contribution to achieving sustainable development goals through research using the latest innovative technologies. SDME supports DEWA’s efforts to promote innovation in sustainability and encourage youth from around the world to develop innovative solutions that support global climate action as well as the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle to protect the environment and its natural resources,” added Al Tayer.

His Excellency Dr. Riyadh Hamza, President of the University of Bahrain, expressed his pride in the students’ achievements in various scientific and practical sectors and fields. His Excellency affirmed that the team’s participation in SDME 2021 is a great opportunity to showcase the students’ skills and it comes in line with the education outcomes which emphasize the need of smart solutions in order to preserve the natural resources. His Excellency added that supporting local and regional initiatives would contribute in enhancing attention to urgent environmental issues on an international level and specifically on a regional level. 

The team includes students, graduates, technicians, research assistants and academics from College of Engineering, College of Science, College of IT and College of Arts. The team consists of 6 sub-teams: Design, Engineering, Solar & Electrical, IT & Smart Solutions, Sponsorship & PR and Media & Communications.

To design and build a home that responds to the contemporary lifestyle demands, team “Go Smart" aspires to reinterpret the regional family home identity. The project integrates smart technologies, passive design strategies, alternative energy solutions and flexibility in order to meet the standards required by a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Through architecture and interior design, the team redefines the way of living in the Middle East by designing a contemporary revival of a courtyard house. The house brings in a modern-day twist on ventilation and natural lighting to achieve its sustainability as the main objective is to build an innovative sustainable house by implementing the architectural design with a high level of functionality in structure and systems. The team aims to create a nostalgic yet smart home with flexible space while also maintaining privacy and interchangeability. This can be further done by making the space adaptive to the occupants’ needs through maximum elimination of solid walls.

The electric system includes generation and distribution using a PV solar system. In order to reduce consumption, the team selected highly efficient smart appliances with appropriate sizes to meet the occupants’ requirements.

Also, the team plans on achieving energy efficiency by implementing a centralized management system that enables the occupants to control lighting and temperature while automating certain aspects as well. This would add to the overall ease of living while also reducing energy which is the universal guideline to a sustainable future.


For more information, please contact:
Khuloud Al Ali / Shaikha Almheiri / Mohammad Almheiri                                                          
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority                                                                              
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Hattlan Media
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