October 16, 2012
By Paul Rigg | University World News
An African country won a place for the first time in a global university competition to build the best solar-powered house. The American University in Cairo was selected along with 18 other universities to compete for the top Solar Decathlon prize.
The prize is so-called because it involves 10 separate objective and subjective tests including architecture, marketability, innovation and sustainability. The event took place in Madrid from 14-30 September 2012.
Due to reasons beyond the Egyptian team’s control, they were unable to complete their house on site, though just making it to Madrid made them winners.
“All teams have issues but we had more than we imagined”, explained Amyaa El Gabry, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and advisor to the American University in Cairo. Read More...