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Dubai plans to build sustainable autonomous homes

The first model of the solar-powered and electricity-independent Sustainable Autonomous House was developed by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) team within 100 days

Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has unveiled a fully sustainable autonomous house in the UAE. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has unveiled a fully sustainable autonomous house in the UAE. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has unveiled a fully sustainable autonomous house in the UAE and announced plans to establish a laboratory to further the development of similar units across the country.  

The announcement follows the Sustainable Autonomous House project recently inaugurated by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

Building the model took the team 100 days. 

MBRSC has also worked on "a series of plans" to fulfill the technical requirements of such homes. 

A laboratory specialising in conducting experiments and tests for sustainable autonomous houses will be set up to verify the efficiency of devices, systems, and materials.

A team of Emirati engineers at the MBRSC will conduct complementary studies to optimise the condensed water in the houses' cooling systems, managing atmospheric humidity and high moisture processes to produce water for domestic use.

It is likely that these homes will be linked with Dubai's electricity grid to provide surplus energy storage and ensure that the sustainable autonomous houses can act as "small power plant" producing power from solar energy. 

The recently launched model of the Sustainable Autonomous House is the first to be energy self-sufficient and independent of the electricity grid, relying instead on solar energy and smart engineering systems. 

Certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany, the model is the first of its kind for a hot and humid climate, Dubai Media Office reported.

Remarking on the development, HE Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director-general of MBRSC, said: "It is essential to establish the technical infrastructure that is necessary for developers, including a scientific laboratory specialised in conducting tests and experiments to verify the efficiency of devices, systems, and materials used [in such projects]. 

"We are planning to conduct studies to link the project with Dubai’s electricity grid, providing it with surplus energy storage [and also conduct] complementary studies to secure water sufficiency in these houses." 

 

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