Solar energy student contest in Dubai to build on regional commitments made at COP21

Aspiring future energy sector leaders to compete in the most exciting student challenge in the UAE

Competition will seek to bridge gap between education and industry

Trip to Munich and cash prizes await winning teams

Under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy

25 May, Dubai – Intersolar, the world’s leading solar event, has officially launched the ‘Young Leaders’ Innovation Challenge’ taking place this September in Dubai at Intersolar Middle East event. The contest aims to encourage students across the MENA region to contribute to commitments made through the Paris Agreement at COP21.  

“The Young Leaders’ Innovation Challenge is intended to create links between academic research and applied science at a time when the United Arab Emirates seeks to make good on its goal to increase its share of renewable energy to 24 percent by 2021,” said Hadi Tahboub, Vice President at MESIA.

Under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, the nationwide competition attracted academic teams from across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Qatar. The teams will demonstrate how 25 percent reduction in energy consumption can be achieved by retrofitting renewable energy technologies to a government building of their choice.

Over 13 universities have joined the contest including Masdar Institute, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute from UAE, Sultan Qaboos University from Oman, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology from KSA, and many more.

The winning entries will be selected by a prestigious panel of jury members, including officials from Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), DWTC, Dubai Municipality, First Solar, Green Technologies, Masdar, and Clean Energy Business Council, amongst others respectful entities. 

Teams have until 31 July 2016 to submit their entries. At Intersolar Middle East in September, the winner team will receive a prestigious reward which includes a cash prize and an opportunity to exhibit their project and represent the Middle East in front of global leaders at the 2017 edition of Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany.

“The physical environment and attitudes toward sustainability in the United Arab Emirates make it an ideal hotbed for creating a world-class renewable energy sector, and we see great value in taking that message to the world through the Young Leaders’ Innovation Challenge,” said Hadi Tahboub, Vice President at MESIA

The 2016 edition of Intersolar Middle East is taking place from 19 – 21 September 2016 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Intersolar Middle East is part of a world series of exhibitions that has been pushing the solar industry to innovate and install a new energy infrastructure for more than 25 years.

About Intersolar

With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.

Intersolar Middle East is the International Exhibition and Conference for the Solar Industry of the Middle East. For the first time, it takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with GulfSol, the key event in the Middle East dedicated to the solar industry.

The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage systems and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry.

Intersolar has been actively involved in the Middle East region since 2013 with various events, like the Intersolar Summit Middle East that took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2016 Intersolar is teaming up with dmg Events to organize the key event in the Middle East taking place in Dubai dedicated to the solar industry: Intersolar Middle East.

With 25 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world’s most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, São Paulo, and, starting in 2016, in Dubai. These global events are complemented by the Intersolar Summits, which take place in emerging and growing markets worldwide.

Intersolar Middle East will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 19 - 21 September 2016.


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