UAE university to build zero-energy home
American University of Ras Al Khaimah has inked an MoU with German firm Neon Energy to construct the sustainable home for the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East competition
A sustainable and zero-energy home will be developed by the students of American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) as part of the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East competition.
AURAK has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a provider of energy efficiency and renewable systems to support the project's development.
German company Neon Energy Green Building Construction Materials inked the MoU with AURAK, and the agreement ensures the latter's student team receives training, support, and technology for its participation in the event.
Neon Energy has offices in the UAE, Greece, Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria, as well as two locations in the US.
AURAK and the German outfit will also collaborate on research studies, through the university's RAK Research and Innovation Centre (RAKRIC).
RAKRIC specialises in harnsessing solar energy for tasks such as cooling and water desalination.
Both parties intend to study LED lighting, photovoltaic cells, and electrical power systems.
The outfits will also cooperate in the provision of RAKRIC's energy auditing services, exchanging pertinent information and expertise.
Remarking on the collaboration, Prof Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, president of AURAK, said: "This competition puts AURAK in the spotlight, so we are striving to ensure that our team has world-class expertise and state-of-the-art technology.
"This type of support will enable us to reach our full potential and really show the world what we are capable of," he added, according to WAM.