PROJECTS

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Project | 01 The 5-MW solar power Plant at the Hashemite University

This The Hashemite University's (HU) Grid-Connected Project with 4,016 kWp Solar Farm is part of the 5 MWp project implemented in the campus to cover the 100% of the university’s electrical needs.

The solar plant was implemented on a 70,000 m2 area, with more than 26,000 m2 of actual panels surface area, allows it for rain water collection and water reuse. 

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Project | 02
Project | 02  Designing and Building a Solar Updraft Tower System at Abu Dhabi University

This project utilizes the high temperature levels in the United Arab Emirates in a constructive way as a source for renewable and sustainable energy. We tried to avoid applying both photovoltaic modules, where their performance is affected by the high ambient temperatures, and wind turbines since the potential of wind energy is very minimum in UAE also.

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This project benefits from the direct and diffuse sun radiations to generate electricity; unlike the photovoltaic systems where direct radiation is essential. The idea behind this work is to create a temperature difference between two areas such that the air flows in a specified directions and generate clean electricity.

 

In our project “solar updraft tower”, the collector creates a heat underneath and forces the air from outside the collector to be trapped in it. The hot air will move up through the tower and rotates the built in turbine and an AC electricity is generated.

The technology of the solar updraft tower, incorporates three fundamental elements; the collector (greenhouse), the tower (chimney), and the turbine. The parameters that control the generated electrical power are highly dependent on the size of the collector and the height of the tower.

The system has been designed, built, and tested in Abu Dhabi University where with the tower height was 6 meters, the collector diameter was 3 meters, and a tower diameter was 25 centimeters. The measurements showed that the temperature in the collector reached 84.8 C.

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Project | 03  Smart Highway Robots

This project proposes an solar-powered adaptable highway barrier to reduce the vehicles congestion in the cities.  The project is mainly about designing, building, implementing and testing a safe and operational Smart Road Barrier which will control the traffic flow in smart cities. The beginning of the implementation was to design a robot which could move freely 360 degrees without any obstacles. Moving on, it also includes a various number of new sensors, technologies and methods in order to measure and move efficiently without any interference of human kind except the command. The project combines all of the technologies to operate a safe Lane changing in the Road and decreasing the traffic rate. 
Finally, after implementing the project various tests were conducted in order to consider all of the cases, scenarios and to be safe during operation. The project was built as a team and successfully finished.

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Project | 04   Viability Study of Photovoltaic Modules Floating on Water Lakes in Abu Dhabi

This project proposes an innovative way of improving the electrical performance of a photovoltaic power plant by preventing the photovoltaic modules from being overheated. It investigates different photovoltaic technologies as a prototype before deploying the large photovoltaic system on the water lakes in UAE.

Nowadays, solar energy usage is increasing and people start depending on it as a renewable and environment friendly alternative source to conventional energy generation methods. The efficiency of a photovoltaic module is affected mainly by its operating temperature; therefore, we aim to cool down the modules passively by setting up our modules above the sea water in order to reduce the temperature of the modules. UAE is a perfect target for such a project due to the availability of water spots and islands that can benefit from this technique. This project will lead UAE islands to self-sufficiency in energy consumption needs independent from the local power grids, which use conventional methods. In addition, the project provides some environmental benefits such as decreasing the evaporation of water by covering the water surface, which will eventually affect global warming positively. As initial results, some theoretical values were assumed and simulated, and they showed that the efficiency of the module increased when the temperature decreased by 40 ◦C. For the measurements part that were done, mono-crystalline silicon PV module were studied on land and water, and they showed that the temperature of the module decreased by almost 10 ◦C after placing it over the water, which increased the efficiency by 4.61%.

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Project | 05  Solar Powered Outdoor Misting System

This project develops an efficient misting cooling system which is powered by solar energy. This  system is designed and fabricated, for a walkway/- path leads to the main student entrance of Abu Dhabi University. It consists of: Nozzles to fine spray with droplets around 15mm spray water, mobile App to control the water flow-rate, and Sensors to detect human movement in order to automatically switch on/off the system to conserve the water

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Project | 06 Photovoltaic Energy for Seawater Desalination in the UAE

In this project, we design and implement an optimal photovoltaic (PV)-powered desalination system using multijunction (MJ) solar cells to produce power as well as desalinated water. The seawater is considered as a heat exchange medium for the PV cells to maximize their energy yield. 

This project validates the option of using a concentrating dish design. Since the dish reflects light and heat, photo-energy (light) is converted to electrical energy through the solar cell, and the heat will be directed to provide the needed thermal energy for seawaters desalination. We will also implement different sensor types to acquire the data needed for the proposed design, and control the overall process. We test different PV technologies and calculate the required number of cells to power up the whole system. We also propose other ideas in the desalination process to help improve the existing ones and include the PV technology as a power source to go with the vision of the UAE; which has high solar radiation and high-water demand too.

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Project | 07 Detection and Assessment of Defects in Photovoltaic (PV) Modules using Thermal Imaging

This project helps create the ever first thermal images data bank. This system can be used to inspect large PV farms by the help of drones. Drones that have a thermal camera attachment can be flown during early morning or early evening over a vast large PV farm. These images captured can then be run with out MATLAB system, which will help detect the exact fault as well as Geo tag the area for easier convenience for the maintenance team

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Project | 08 PV Window: Energy Harvesting Illuminated Window

In this project, we propose a fully working prototype of an energy harvesting illuminated window.Thus, we maintain the integrity of the environment and achieve sustainability.The design takes into the consideration the efficiency, the cost, and the weight where the system is designed to be portable.

The proposed system design consists of three main parts which are : The mono-crystalline PV blinds with the charging system,the tracking system that includes Arduino micro-controllers, motors and sensors which are responsible for moving the PV blinds.Additionally, the design includes a mobile application that integrates the tracking system where the user can use this application to choose between manual and automatic modes to move the PV blinds up and down.Our results shows that the PV blinds has two functions where the first function to act as a curtain that blocks sunlight and the second function is to harvest energy and power whether DC or AC loads.The proposed system can be portable which means it can be use at different places to block sunlight and supply power to small loads that need low power.
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Project | 09
Project | 09 Analysis of Non‐ uniformly Cooled PV modules

This project concentrates on photovoltaic (PV) technology and analyzes PV modules more accurately. A typical draw back in PV panels is that above a certain temperature the cells in the panel get over heated thus the electrical efficiency decreases. This project integrates copper pipes at the back side of the PV modules and analyzes the performance of each cell individually .