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The Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018

The Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 was run by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the US Department of Energy. Fifteen teams from eleven different countries came together for the finals held in Dubai in November 2018. Students from the University of Wollongong and TAFE NSW joined with the University of Wollongong in Dubai to form Team UOW and compete in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition. Team UOW built an affordable net-zero energy, solar powered house to improve sustainable living for future generations.

Team UOW Competition Results

Total Score and Standing – 2nd Place – 905.56/1000

Innovation – 1st Place – 77.61/80

Comfort Conditions – 1st Place – 106.88/120

Energy Efficiency – 2nd Place – 79.2/80

Sustainability – equal 3rd Place – 94.74/100

House Functioning – 3rd Place – 101.9/120

Architecture – equal 4th Place – 89/100 – earning a special mention and recognition for the focus on designing a house for the ageing population

Sustainable Transportation – 5th Place – 72.39/80

Engineering and Construction – 5th Place – 91/100

Communication – equal 5th Place – 73.04/80

Energy Management – 9th Place – 104.8/140


Special Awards:

Interior Design – 1st Place

Building Integrated Photovoltaics – 2nd place

Creative Solutions – 2nd Place


Bonus Points:

Health and Safety + 5/5

Construction Signoff + 10/10


Overall Competition

The Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 attracted many important guests, international media attention and fifteen passionate student-led teams! We experienced sandstorms, extreme heat, torrential rain and beautiful sunsets during our time in Dubai. Read about our experiences in our daily blogs and check out our photos in the gallery to find out more. Here are just a few highlights:


Overall Competition Results

1. Virginia Tech, USA
2. Team UOW, Australia-Dubai
3. BaityKool, France/Palestine/UAE
4. EFdeN, Romania
5. Sapienza, Italy
6. VIRTUe, The Netherlands
7. TDIS, Taiwan
8. KnowHowse, UAE
9. Aqua Green, UAE
10. KSU, Saudi Arabia
11. Jeel, UAE
13. MizanHome, Malaysia
14. ORA, UAE

Top 3 Teams SDME 2018
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