UOWD students showcase innovative energy project at Middle East Electricity Exhibition
Sunday, 19 May, 2019
Vishal Baheti, a Computer Science student from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), and Sushil Sharma, a Bachelor of InformationTechnology (Management Information Systems) student, took part as exhibitors in the 2019 edition of the Middle East Electricity Exhibition, after being shortlisted to showcase their project at the prestigious regional energy event. Vishal and Sushil were selected as one of ten groups from over 50 entries to demonstrate their project as part of the event’s Future Generation competition, which took place alongside the main Exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre from 5th-7th March. Building on the competition theme, ‘Smart Energy Solutions: Improve Energy Efficiency’ their project centred around providing the end consumer with the best possible electricity rates. “For the past year and a half I have been intrigued by both the energy sector and the innovations happening in the field of blockchain. When I heard about this competition, I took it as an opportunity to integrate both these fields into a project and present it in the competition, with the chance to have it validated by industry professionals”, Vishal explained. “The project involves filtering through all the prosumers and official energy suppliers in the market, and making the entire process of electricity generation, transmission and distribution more efficient for all the stakeholders involved, using Blockchain and Deep Learning methods.” He continued, “Since we are using Deep Learning and other aspects of machine learning, the entire process can be much faster, effective and comfortable, not just for the end user, but for all the stakeholders involved, such as the government, suppliers, and so on.” This was the sixth edition of the Future Generation competition, which aims to showcase the talent and potential of engineering students from the MENA region. This year, the students and their fellow exhibitors had the opportunity to present their projects to around 20,000 regional visitors and 1,500 international exhibitors. Speaking about the experience, Sushil said, “The event provided me with an opportunity to network with industry professionals and have them validate our project, as well as learningabout the innovations they are working on. “As I also witnessedthe projects of other shortlisted candidates, I was able to enrich my own understanding of other areas within the field of energy efficiency where there is room for innovation. All in all, this experience enabled me to grow my knowledge in this sector in a holistic way”, he concluded. Now planning to further refine their idea and develop a more complete version of the project, both Vishal and Sushil is keen to collaborate with the firms who had shown an interest in their project and approach other private and public institutions to make the innovation a reality. Vishal is also working towards participating in the NEM Blockchain Competition, which is the first blockchain contest aimed at university students in the UAE.