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 an expo area open to the general public. All designs are evaluated on 10 contests hence the name Decathlon.
The SDME 2021 Competition is organized by DEWA, in line with EXPO 2020 Dubai at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The goal of the SDME Khalifa University team is to design and produce a new Emirati housing typology for the future. A typology which is sensitive to the UAE ecosystem and provides smart solutions to the regional climate and local weather. The house will be autonomous from the grid system, a 'gatherer' of renewable energy and a positive contributor to the future growth of the UAE's urban fabric.
The house is not developed solely as an aesthetically pleasing architectural design for implementation of high-end technological amenities, but also to ensure the happiness, comfort and safety of its inhabitants.
KU team is multidisciplinary team consisting of local and international students, academics, professional entities and industrial partners to participate in the 2021 Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition.