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Sustainable Innovation Solution Toward
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Homes
NZESustainableHome

PROJECT TEAM

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Ontario Tech University, Canada.

University of Waterloo, Canada.

Khalifa University, UAE.

WINA, Canada.

IBI, Canada.

Mobismart, Canada.

NRCan, Canada

Dr. Hossam Gaber
LEAD PI

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Dr. Ali Elkamel
University of Waterloo, Canada.
Khalifa University, UAE.

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PROJECT RESEARCH AND STUDENT TEAM

Dr. Yoka Cho
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Abdelazeem Abdallah
Visiting Researcher, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Manir Isham
Researcher, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Md Rafiul Abdussami
MASc Student, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Md Ibrahim Adham
MASc Student, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Yousef Al Shawesh
MASc Student, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Lopa Gosh
MASc Student, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Hessa Abdelghafour Ibrahim Alameeri
Undergraduate Student, Khalifa University.

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Maha Abdulla Mohamed Salem Alkaabi
Undergraduate Student, Khalifa University.

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Noora Mohammed Abdullah Allaw Alshehhi
Undergraduate Student, Khalifa University.

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Sara Mohammed Suhail Almas Aldhaheri
Undergraduate Student, Khalifa University.

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Mohammed Adel Alkatheri
Visiting PhD student, University of Waterloo / Khalifa University.

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Yousef Ahmed M Almohairi
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Khalifa University.

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SYNOPSIS

The project is aiming at high performance zero net energy (ZNE) solar-powered homes using sustainable innovative solution. The project provides novel home design and construction materials that verify the sustainability, comfortability and environmental requirements. Project team is applying solar technologies such as solar skin, solar painting, solar windows, solar water purifiers. The design includes micro energy grid for home/house that has the potential to provide reliable and clean energy, reducing dependencies on the use of fossil fuels, and intermittent and sporadic renewable energy resources (such as solar / photovoltaic and batteries). The project will concern with many innovative aspects to have integrated schemes and technologies to ensure optimum and high efficient energy system. Also, an innovative PV power maximize (IPPM) will be applied to raise the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) panels till 145%, thus significantly increasing the overall output of a PV system. That IPPM will enable the production of more energy per PV module without increasing the environmental footprint of the overall system. Central base microgrid is proposed that serves multiple houses and communities, that will be operated based on economic and technical optimization criteria. That is all will lead to zero net energy (ZNE) building, which will reduce home energy requirements to minimum value within renewable energy resources. The home will produce energy as much it consumes. ZNE home can be connected to utility network, so that it can supply power to the network when it is generating more than its consumption and takes power from the network when home consumption exceeds the generated power on site. Mobile off-microgrid is proposed on e-trailer, Mobisun, that serves for any emergent cases at the houses, community, facilities and infrastructure (fire station, water station, power substation). Waste to Energy (WtE) station is integrated in homes and community that is able to generate energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into a fuel source. WtE is a form of energy recovery and will support ZNE homes design and operation. The proposed solution will include emergency energy management in case of disasters or server weather conditions.

PROJECT GOALS

  • Raising environmental awareness and green community development for the future generations.
  • Reinterpreting nomadic desert living, generating a dynamic, self-sustaining, resilient solar house adapting to local climate.
  • Providing the occupant comfort by implementing balanced passive and active strategies and smart solutions.
  • Implement a modern passive design of a home that verify the sustainability requirements.
  • Considering site factors such as orientation, wind path to generate resilient passive house.
  • Provide self-energy generations by using photovoltaic, energy storage and fuel cells by considering the home as a Nano-grid to make a sustainable home.
  • Design and implement a modern solar cooling/heating system to cool and heat the water and entire area of the house.
  • Apply AI for managing the appliances operation time to minimize the energy cost.
  • Apply AI for increasing the operation efficiency of the home appliances to decrease the energy consumption and decrease the energy cost.
  • Propose and demonstrate environment friendly materials to decrease the environment impact on the home.
  • Design an efficient electric vehicle battery charger.
  • Apply smart meters to monitor all home activities to control consumption of energy and water of the house to make the home as a zero net energy building.
  • Convert the home wastes to energy using advanced plasma technology.
  • Orienting the spaces to achieve adequate daylight, while minimizing solar gain.
  • Apply AI for increasing the operation efficiency of the home appliances to decrease the energy consumption and decrease the energy cost.
  • Achieving thermal, oral and visual comfort to the spaces to achieve overall happiness of residence.
  • Achieving universal design.
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