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SUPSI researchers at solar decathlon middle east (SDME) 2021 competition as jury members for the BIPV contest
15 December 2021
Solar Decathlon Middle East

Francesco Frontini and Cristina S. Polo López, professor and researcher from the Institute of applied sustainability to the built environment within SUPSI University, has been invited as jury member for Building Integration Photovoltaics Contest in the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) 2021 competition.
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and the US Department of Energy signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of SDME. The 1st edition was held in 2018 and the second edition has been taken place in November 2021 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in a competition that integrates the unique local and regional characteristics of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).  
The competition - Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) is a collegiate competition challenges students to design, build, operate solar powered houses. SDME is organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. SDME 2021 was held in Dubai, during the Expo 2020 activities, offering participating universities and their partners the best opportunity to be part of the most important global event of the year. Students have been evaluated on 10 contests; energy management, engineering & construction, architecture, sustainability, mobility, house functioning, communication, energy efficiency, innovation and comfort conditions. In addition, jury members evaluated the student’s houses and work in the competition in three sub-contests; smart solutions, BIPV, and interior design. For more details about the competition please visit

The BIPV jury awarded to the following teams, assessing the complexity of the project and the innovation of solar integration and BIPV in the houses participating the competition:

  • 1st Place BIPV contest: Team SHAREK, University of Sharjak
  • 2nd place BIPV contest: Team HARMONY, The British University in Dubai
  • 3rd place BIPV contest: Team SCUT, South China University of Technology
  • Special mention BIPV contest: Team GO-SMART, University of Bahrain