Two students from the University's Dubai Campus have won the Future Generation Competition at the 2016 Middle East Electricity Awards.
Beating 100 other entrants, Electrical and Electronics Engineering students, Ruqayyah Merchant and Abbas Mannan, won the award for their solar photovoltaic renewable-air cooling pod project, which will benefit laborers and construction workers on site during the hot summer months. It is built in a recycled shipping container with a smart automation system formulated to minimize cost and maximize efficiency.
The students had displayed their projects in front of 20,000 international visitors and over 1,200 exhibitors during the Middle East Electricity Exhibition and their win was announced in an e-mail sent to over 50,000 energy industry professionals.
Hosted by the Middle East Electricity Exhibition, the world's largest power event, the Future Generation Competition is open to undergraduate engineering students from universities across the United Arab Emirates. With a focus on energy efficiency, the competition aims to foster innovative ideas in the areas of alternative energy and energy conservation.
Commenting on the prestigious win, Dr Mutasim Nour, Associate Professor School Of Engineering and Physical Sciences said, “We are thrilled to see our students apply the skills they've learnt while at Heriot-Watt University with such success. The Future Generation competition is a great platform for our students to both exercise their academic talents and gain valuable industry insight for the benefit of their professional career development. We are extremely proud of Ruqayyah and Abbas and congratulate them on their winning achievement in the energy industry.”