Innovative Projects Shortlisted for ‘Future Generation’ Competition at Middle East Electricity 2017

September 21, 2018

Masdar Institute today announced that three innovative research concepts submitted by students have been shortlisted in the post-graduate category for the Future Generation competition taking place as part of the Middle East Electricity 2017 exhibition.

Hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy from 14-16 February 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exhibition is the largest international trade event for the power industry, covering the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, including the renewable and nuclear energy sectors and the lighting industry. The Future Generation competition is for graduate and undergraduate engineering students in the UAE and is organized as part of event’s focus on supporting the development of the energy industry. Masdar Institute also contributes to emerging talent in engineering through support of the undergraduate portion of the Future Generation competition.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute, said: “As a key regional industry event, Middle East Electricity 2017 offers the perfect platform for Masdar Institute students to highlight their relevant projects and ideas.s. Being a leading research-oriented academic institution, we are delighted to support the Future Generation competition and look forward to closer collaboration with key industry stakeholders to advance our shared goals of developing efficient and affordable sustainable energy technologies.”

One of the Masdar Institute projects, submitted by MSc student Lamis Abu Ashour, analyzes the evolution of built landscapes and policies in government subsidized neighborhoods developed exclusively for UAE Nationals. The aim of the project is to create enhanced urban forms that will deliver greater environmental, social and economic coherence. Urban forms include the physical patterns, layouts, and structures that make up an urban area.

Students Anas Alkhazaleh, Jehad Abed, Mutasim Odeh and Oscar Bagoole submitted a project titled ‘Dust Particle Removal using Graphene-based Transparent Fork Electrodes (GTFE)’, which is about fabrication, characterization and testing of graphene-based transparent fork electrodes on top of glass surfaces for dust particle removal solution.

Another project submitted by Hamda Al Mazrouei relates to enhancing the cooling load efficiency of buildings and houses through allowing for higher set-point temperatures without loss of comfort level. Through the use of natural insulation material known as “Date Palm Fronds”, this project aims to maintain thermal comfort in buildings at higher set point temperatures, which can save energy.

This year the competition is focused on designing and developing an innovative energy solution around the theme of ‘Smart Cities’. It invites students to present their ideas for energy efficiency or alternative energy with the hope of winning an award from either a panel of judges or the ‘People’s Choice Award,’ as voted for by visitors to the exhibition. Dr. Vinod Khadkikar, Associate Professor, Electrical Power Engineering, Masdar Institute, will be one of the judges for the undergraduate segment of the competition. Shortlisted projects, including the three from Masdar Institute students, will be displayed as a prototype and/or poster during the event. The competition introduces a postgraduate category this year.

Students will have the opportunity to display their work in front of 20,000 international visitors and over 1,200 exhibitors, which also provides an opportunity engage with the potential employers and industry leaders.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
13 February 2017