EXPO Live University Innovation Programme
December 2, 2018

Electrical and Computer Engineering Team has been awarded at EXPO Live University Innovation Program a 50,000 AED research and development grant for their project, E-Chain. Expo Live is an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving our planet. The programme aims to be a short-cycle, grant making innovation competition focusing students and mentors on social impact challenges that are relevant to the UAE and our region.


The E-Chain stands for Energy Chain, and the principle behind is that buildings that have clean energy power system (solar or wind) installed, will be able to share the excess energy produced with other buildings that do not have sufficient energy, either clean or not. The system is built on a secure platform where all buildings can communicate via the energy provider. This platform is based on sharing power using blockchain technology by enabling home-to-home energy selling and buying or to the energy provider. The concern of the E-Chain project is not only the environment but also the economy and the community. The process of buying and selling improves the economy of the residents of UAE and the energy provider. The students got inspired with this idea while working on the house they built for the Solar Decathlon, where they awarded second place for energy management, as they observed that the solar power system they have installed for the house produced significantly excess amount of energy, that was returned to the local provider grid.


The team from Electrical & Computer Engineering has been awarded along with another team from AUD, School of Business, and another 18 teams out of 60 competing teams from across the UAE.

The students who have accomplished this achievement, with the supervision of Dr. Vinod Pangracious, are

  • Hadi El Baba
  • Hayaat Al-Hindwan
  • Alaa Derhem
  • Hanan Dhaifalla  
  • Hamda AlKhoori