American University in Dubai Competes in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018
November 14, 2018

The American University in Dubai's team JEEL, which means "generation" in Arabic, is competing at the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. Taking a critical step toward the development of sustainable cities, JEEL employs affordable, resource-efficient, and both user and eco-friendly technologies in constructing a solar-powered net-zero house. A multidisciplinary team of AUD students and faculty from Architecture, Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering, worked collaboratively over the past 2 years to share the JEEL vision of improving the quality of life, without compromising the depleting resources that are needed by future generations.


With 54 solar panels generating enough power to cover the annual consumption required, JEEL uses the latest technologies to utilize only renewable energy on-site. Vertical panels ensure that generation of solar energy is maximized even in early morning and late afternoon. A home energy management system is implemented to monitor & record power consumption versus power generation, the system measures the generated energy and sets priorities for the house to activate tasks. The elaborate software programming allows for load-shifting when required. Users connect & interact with it via a touchscreen monitor or online interface on their devices.


JEEL`s construction aspects of Pre-cast concrete & Pre-stressed hollow core slabs usage, profile these innovative technologies which reduce construction time and cost while providing a strong, durable and stable structure. The curved walls provide a distinctive design that is rooted in the concepts of energy conservation, allowing heat & sound insulation. The water treatment system used by the team, can treat large volumes of greywater per day. By using UV and chlorine disinfection, along with the micro-filtering technology, reuse of the water for dishwashing, showering, and washing clothes is possible.


Furthermore, JEEL displays other Green aspects throughout its design, such as Sustainably Sourced Furniture, Green Construction Materials, Energy Efficient Appliances, Energy Management System, Solar Powered, Hybrid Grid System, Thermal Insulation, Sound Insulation, Water Recycling, Water Efficient Landscaping, Low Carbon Footprint and an Electric Car.