Heriot Watt University Reach Finals in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2020

Date Published

25th Oct 2019

Karen Duffin
Sales & Marketing Manager, IES

This week, we were delighted to hear the news that Team ESTEEM of Heriot Watt University have been selected as finalists in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2020. The news was announced at the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai on Tuesday.

An initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition brings together universities from all over the world to design, build and operate a grid-connected, solar powered house. Heriot-Watt is one of just 28 universities from across the globe - and the only one in Scotland and the UK - taking part.

The competition will see students, researchers and partner companies come together in order to design, fabricate, test and finesse a single-family home powered solely by solar energy. The team will draw on their strengths across a range of disciplines to complete a series of ten challenges, culminating in the construction of their final design at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Over a period of 6 months, the expo is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors, providing an exciting platform for teams to showcase their work.

IES have pledged their support to the team from Heriot Watt University and hope to help them succeed by providing training and expert resources, as well access to their innovative technology, including recently launched ICL digital twin tools, in-kind.

Associate Professor in Architecture at Heriot Watt University and project lead for the Solar Decathlon, Alex MacLaren, said: “I am absolutely delighted for the team! They have worked hard on this project and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in the final.

“I would also like to thank everyone for their support so far in this competition. We are lucky enough to have more than 30 companies and organisations who have pledged to support Team Esteem and we are looking for more sponsors and collaborators for this next step.”

Don McLean, Founder & CEO at IES, commented: “Congratulations to the team on this fantastic achievement.

"At IES, we regard collaboration with academia as being critical to the development and education of future talent, closing the skills gap and developing initiative solutions for smart, connected, energy efficient homes of the future.

“We are delighted to be supporting Team ESTEEM and hope our contribution will help them to succeed at the World Expo in Dubai next year.”

To find out more, visit https://sdme2020.hw.ac.uk/ or follow Team ESTEEM on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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