SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
Goal 7 aims at ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Sustainable energy is an opportunity to transform lives, economies and the planet.
Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Laboratory
Wind and Solar energy represent clean energy sources which are of great importance to the environment and the sustainability of our life styles. However they are characterized by their intermittent nature which imposes different challenges on the operation and security of the power system. Zewail City’s newly established Energy Storage Systems (ESS) laboratory is considered a hub for testing , characterizing and modeling different types of energy storage technologies like batteries and super-capacitors. The ESS laboratory provides an opportunity to bring together both the Academia and the Industry in diverse fields to research, test and develop energy storage systems to meet existing commercial needs.
A major theme of research at the Center for Material Science (CMS) at Zewail City focuses on novel material as catalysts for water splitting, aimed at storing solar energy into chemical energy (Hydrogen). Moreover the CMS researchers are actively seeking new approaches to enhance supercapacitors and next-generation Li batteries.
National Solar Energy Alliance
The Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology established the national Solar Alliance, and selected the Center of Photonics and Smart Materials (CPSM) at Zewail City of Science and Technology to lead this National Solar Alliance. The alliance includes more than 20 partners from Egyptian universities and national companies specialized in solar energy. It aims to produce new technology based on nanoscale silicon wire with high absorption efficiency and low cost at the same time.
One of the aims of this alliance is to transfer new technologies in the field to the national industry in order to link scientific research with the industry in order to achieve scientific, industrial and economic development of the solar cell industry in Egypt.
Zewail City partner in the ENEPLAN
The ENEPLAN project is an ERASMUS+ grant dedicated to integrating Energy planning with Architectural/Spatial planning in the Mediterranean region. Specifically, the project aims to develop training modules for students in both disciplines. These modules will help students in Energy-related fields to integrate considerations related to sustainable and environmentally sound urban planning and development.
The project includes 18 partners from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as from Egypt, which is represented by Zewail City and Ain Shams University.
Collaborations & Zewail City Student Awareness
In alignment with the "Urban Green" initiative launched by the Ministry of Environment, Zewail City, in partnership with Sawiris Foundation for Community Development and Kaitech, established the first mobile biogas unit.
This unit aims to treat organic waste resulting from student restaurants in Zewail city to be recycled and used in the city’s cooking work. The unit will also contribute to facilitating hands-on experience in biogas technology to the students in the city.
“You can’t be a first-world economy in the 21st century if you’re not on the path to a clean energy future...”
Wayne Swan .
Zewail City Student Awareness
Zewail City students participated in several national and international competitions raising awareness towards a safe and clean environment. EURUS; a group of Zewail City’s Renewable Energy Engineering students will be competing in the International Small Wind Turbines Contest (ISWTC 2020).
By participating in this international contest, the EURUS team will have the opportunity to witness and learn from international experts in the field, to achieve their dream of being part of Egypt’s 2030 vison to produce 42% of the country’s total energy from renewable sources.