SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 7, an integral component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Agenda, stands as a guiding beacon in Prince Sultan University (PSU) collective mission to ensure equitable access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. As a dedicated institution that nurtures innovation and progress, PSU acknowledges the crucial significance of sustainable energy in shaping the future. PSU's commitment to this goal aligns with our dedication to empowering not only our students but also the broader community with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of energy sustainability. PSU is committed to SDG 7, actively participating in sustainable energy projects and educational programs that contribute to a greener and more accessible energy future.
Upgrade buildings to higher energy efficiency.
Have plans to upgrade existing buildings to higher energy efficiency
HAALA Energy initiated the PSU Solar PV Project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with the goal of upgrading existing university buildings to achieve higher energy efficiency. This multifaceted project involves the installation of a solar photovoltaic system, comprehensive energy audits, and the incorporation of cutting-edge energy-efficient technologies, including LED lighting, enhanced insulation, and optimized HVAC systems.
By reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, the project not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also yields substantial long-term economic savings, aligning with international sustainability objectives and setting a commendable example for similar initiatives globally. HAALA Energy, with a keen eye on sustainability, embarked on a comprehensive study to assess the feasibility of implementing solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to power 5 Building on the PSU campus. The investigation delved into several potential locations, encompassing the rooftops of buildings 1 to 5 and the campus parking areas. After careful analysis, it became evident that the car-port solutions stood out as the most compelling option. These solar carports not only harnessed abundant sunlight but also proved to be cost-effective with the lowest installation and maintenance expenses. HAALA's commitment to renewable energy and forward-thinking approach paved the way for a greener and more eco-friendly future on campus.
Plan to reduce energy consumption.
In the fall of 2021, an initiative was launched by PSU to initiate a feasibility study on the implementation of smart building designs. This project received strong institutional support from both the Information Technology Center (ITC) and the Project Management Office (PMO).
The study aims to assess the practicality and viability of incorporating smart technologies into building infrastructure, potentially leading to more efficient and sustainable structures. It reflects a forward-looking approach to modernizing building design and aligning it with evolving technological advancements. A comprehensive energy efficiency plan has been established for the Building 101 and 104, and the associated electrical systems at Prince Sultan University. The project aims to reduce overall energy consumption, primarily focusing on the 1000 KVA and 1500 KVA transformers within these rooms. The specific characteristics of the electrical components, such as voltage, phase, and frequency, have been considered in the plan. The energy efficiency initiative encompasses geographical site data, time-defined simulations, meteorological conditions, and PV array characteristics. These measures align with the university's commitment to sustainability and energy conservation, contributing to a greener and more efficient energy ecosystem within the institution.
Energy wastage identification.
PSU is working to save energy by checking its campus, including buildings 101 and 104. They want to find places where they waste a lot of energy and fix them. PSU plans to use electricity more efficiently to save energy and money. This matches PSU's goal to be more eco-friendly and cost-effective.
Also, PSU has rules to make sure they don't waste energy stuff and use energy wisely, showing their commitment to a green and sustainable campus.
Additionally, PSU has adopted a Sustainable Waste Management, Prevention, and Disposal Policy, which emphasizes minimizing waste, using proper disposal channels, and adhering to energy efficiency standards, further highlighting the institution's commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly campus.
Have a policy on divesting investments from carbon-intensive energy industries notably coal and oil
PSU has established a Sustainable Investment Policy (SIP) (https://www.psu.edu.sa/en/GV00019-sustainable-investment-policy ) to guide responsible and sustainable investment practices. The SIP promotes active investment in companies and funds aligned with PSU's values, emphasizing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria. PSU has divested from fossil fuels, contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Implementation includes monitoring and communication, overseen by the Institutional Financial and Risk Management Committee. PSU also has a Sustainable Procurement Policy, recognizing the impact of procurement on sustainability. It encourages sustainable purchasing, supplier compliance with ESG standards, and sustainability risk assessments. Implementation involves regular reviews and oversight by the same committee. Both policies reflect PSU's commitment to sustainable and responsible practices
Local community outreach for energy efficiency
Provide programmes for local community to learn about importance of energy efficiency and clean energy
On November 7, 2022, a project emerged from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Prince Sultan University, in alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030. Students Abdul Rahman Al-Zeer, Talal Al-Sharif, and Abdulelah Al-Yemeni, guided by Dr. Uma Shankar and Eng. Sivakumar, successfully completed a project centered around the operation and speed control of a DC motor powered by solar energy.
Solar pv based speed control of dc motor using ardiuno for fan and pump applications
This initiative aligns with PSU's broader sustainability objectives, contributing to a more environmentally responsible and cost-effective energy management system. Additionally, PSU has adopted a Sustainable Waste Management, Prevention, and Disposal Policy, which emphasizes minimizing waste, using proper disposal channels, and adhering to energy efficiency standards, further highlighting the institution's commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly campus.
The International Conference on Sustainability Developments and Innovations (ICSDI 2022)
The International Conference on Sustainability Developments and Innovations (ICSDI 2022), held at PSU in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from February 19 to 22, 2022, was a remarkable event that brought together scholars, experts, and innovators to explore and exchange ideas on sustainability. The conference covered a wide range of tracks and topics, including Manufacturing and Industrial Systems towards Sustainability, Sustainable Construction Technologies and Materials, Energy Sustainability, Sustainable Urbanization and Smart Cities, Sustainability in the Built Environment, and Policies, Regulations, and Economic Assessments towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
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SmartTech 2022 An International Conference on Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies
On May 9, 2022, SmartTech 2022, the Second International Conference on Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies, took place. This conference served as a crucial platform for the exchange of cutting-edge research and developments across various domains, including Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Emerging Technologies, Unmanned Systems, Communication and Networking, and Cybersecurity. It focused on aligning these advancements with the technological progress envisioned in Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030. SmartTech 2022 aimed to foster innovation and knowledge sharing in line with the ambitious goals of the Kingdom's vision for the future.
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100% renewable energy pledge
Promote a public pledge toward 100% renewable energy beyond the university
On January 20, 2022, PSU marked a historic moment as the first Saudi university to commit to achieving Net Zero Carbon status by 2060. This official pledge was made through participation in the Race to Zero campaign, a global initiative uniting various stakeholders to drive a resilient, zero-carbon recovery that fosters job creation, future threat prevention, and sustainable growth. As part of the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges campaign, in partnership with EAUC, Second Nature, and UN Environment, PSU solidified its position within the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign.
This powerful coalition includes over 3,000 businesses, 733 cities, 31 regions, 173 major investors, and 622 Higher Education Institutions, representing nearly 25% of global CO2 emissions and over 50% of the world's GDP. PSU's commitment to achieving Net Zero Carbon status reflects its dedication to sustainability and environmental leadership, positioning it as a pioneering force in addressing climate change in Saudi Arabia and globally. PSU is taking a significant step by committing to 100% renewable energy, aligning with global sustainability efforts. PSU's initiative not only sets an example but also contributes to a cleaner, more sustainable future. While PSU's commitment is vital on campus, its impact reaches beyond, serving as a model for others to embrace renewable energy and sustainability. This pledge is not just a reflection of PSU's responsibility but also an inspiration for a cleaner, greener world.
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Energy efficiency services for industry
Provide direct services to local industry aimed at improving energy efficiency and clean energy (energy efficiency assessments, workshops, research renewable energy options)
In Dec. 2022, PSU took significant strides in fostering energy efficiency within the local industrial sector. PSU, in collaboration with Al Watania and the Center for Community Service and Continuing Education, actively participated in the annual ceremony of the Ambition Elite program, organized by the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises. This event showcased PSU's and Al Watania's commitment to supporting, developing, and nurturing small and medium enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. PSU's role in the event emphasized the importance of energy efficiency in the industrial sector, offering direct services such as energy efficiency assessments, workshops, and research into renewable energy options. These initiatives underline PSU's and Al Watania's dedication to enhancing energy efficiency and promoting clean energy practices within local industries, aligning with broader sustainability goals and contributing to a more environmentally responsible and economically efficient future.
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Policy development for clean energy technology
Inform and support governments in clean energy and energy-efficient technology policy development
PSU is leading the way in supporting clean energy policies and smart investments. PSU's Sustainable Investment Policy (SIP)
( https://www.psu.edu.sa/en/GV00019-sustainable-investment-policy ) is all about making responsible investments following global best practices. This policy focuses on sustainable research, managing risks, and coming up with new ideas, especially in areas related to the environment and society. It's not just about making smart investments; it's also about doing good for the world and being careful about risks like following the rules and protecting our reputation. PSU is actively working to achieve the United Nations' goals for a better world, overseen by the Vice-President for Administrative and Financial Affairs Office. PSU is transparent, reviews its policies regularly, and makes sure everyone follows them, all to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
Assistance to low-carbon innovation
Provide assistance for start-ups that foster and support a low-carbon economy or technology
PSU is committed to fostering low-carbon innovation and supporting startups that drive a sustainable future. PSU's Center for Sustainability and Climate (CSC) plays a crucial role in promoting and assisting ventures focused on low-carbon economy and innovative technologies.
By offering resources, guidance, and expertise, the CSC ensures that these startups have the necessary support to thrive. PSU's dedication to sustainability and innovation aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and create a greener, more sustainable world. To learn more about PSU's initiatives in this regard, please visit the CSC's website at https://www.psu.edu.sa/en/CSC.
Energy use density
The energy use density at PSU stands at 173 kWh per square meter per year, resulting in a total annual energy consumption of 15.9 GWh. The university's vast floor space, totalling 92,016 square meters, spans across various buildings, including B101, B102, B103, B104, B105, and B106. Individual buildings exhibit an average energy use density of approximately 173 kWh per square meter per year, resulting in varying annual energy consumptions. B101, as one of the largest contributors, consumes around 7.79 GWh, while B105 closely follows at 3.44 GWh. B102, B104, and B106 each consume about 1.28 GWh, 1.6 GWh, and 1.08 GWh, respectively, while B103 has the lowest consumption at 0.72 GWh. These numbers highlight the importance of custom energy-saving plans for each building, especially B101 and B105, which use the most energy. By doing this, the university can use
Meeting Saudi Arabia’s Economic and Sustainability Goals
At Prince Sultan University, projects related to renewable
energy are helping to meet Saudi Arabia’s economic and
“At PSU, we focus our research
into renewables to align with national
needs,” says Abdulhakim Almajid, dean
of the College of Engineering at PSU.
“As per the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030
initiative, the kingdom has set a target of
implementing 9.5 gigawatts of renewable
energy by 2030. As a university, we are
working hard to support this.”
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Solar Car Design Contest
In an exciting showcase of innovation and sustainability, a Solar Car Design Contest was recently conducted in a joint effort between a local university and the Sustainability Club. The event saw a diverse array of student teams competing to craft the most efficient solar-powered vehicles. Participants displayed remarkable ingenuity in harnessing solar energy for propulsion, highlighting the growing importance of renewable energy sources in transportation. The contest not only encouraged green technology development but also fostered collaboration and awareness on environmental issues among the student community. It was a shining example of the potential for a greener, cleaner future in the world of automotive design.
The Global Green Utility by VAULTe in collaboration with Prince Sultan University on November 22, 2022, at Building No. 105.
VAULTe, in collaboration with Prince Sultan University, is set to make history by exporting the world's first 48-volt digital direct current microgrid, marking a significant leap in sustainable energy technology. The initiative, known as "The Global Green Utility," aims to bring low voltage technology to communities worldwide. Andy Peck, the founder of VAULTe, who brings over 25 years of business expertise, is at the helm of this ground breaking project. The microgrid, featuring electronic switch technology, is already shipping to Prince Sultan University and will soon find its way to the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.
International webinar - Recent Developments in High Voltage Transmission and Capabilities of GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory
Prince Sultan University (PSU) is set to host an international webinar titled "Recent Developments in High Voltage Transmission and Capabilities of GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory" on March 29, 2022, at 4:30 PM (KSA). This event will shed light on the establishment of the GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory, which aims to become a world-class hub for electrical product testing and services in the GCC and MENA region. Dr. Vasudev Nagaraju, a technical consultant with vast experience, will be a key speaker. The laboratory will serve as an independent authority for testing and certifying high-voltage, medium-voltage, and low-voltage electrical equipment, in addition to offering calibration services and certification courses.
Book on Power Electronics for Green Energy Conversion
Introducing "Power Electronics for Green Energy Conversion," a new book edited by an expert team, providing in-depth insights into the application of power electronics in green energy conversion. This volume explores the critical role of power electronics in the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. This book is a valuable resource for engineers, scientists, and students.
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Book on DC Microgrid, Advances, Challenges, and Applications
Introducing book on DC Microgrids: Advances, Challenges, and Applications, edited by Nikita Gupta, Mahajan Sagar Bhaskar, Sanjeevikumar Padmanaban, and Dhafer Almakhles. This insightful book delves into the world of microgrids, offering valuable perspectives on their advancements and applications. A must-read for those interested in cutting-edge energy solutions.
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Invited talk on Non-Isolated High Gain Converters for Renewable Energy Conversion Configuration and Application
C. V. Raman Global University in Bhubaneswar, India, successfully hosted an invited talk on "Non-Isolated High Gain Converters for Renewable Energy Conversion Configuration and Application" as part of its Margdarshan initiative on September 27, 2022. The event featured Dr. Mahajan Sagar Bhaskar, an Assistant Professor at Prince Sultan University in Saudi Arabia, as the esteemed speaker. This informative session was organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering at C. V. Raman Global University, offering valuable insights into renewable energy solutions.
Special Session at IEEE IECON 2022 on "Power Electronics and Energy Storage Strategies for DC Microgrid."
Prince Sultan University is proud to be part of the Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2022), featuring a Special Session on "Power Electronics and Energy Storage Strategies for DC Microgrid." This collaborative initiated by Dr. Mahajan Sagar Bhaskar and Dr. Dhafer Almkahles from PSU's Renewable Energy Lab, aims to advance eco-friendly power electronics configurations for more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective DC Microgrid systems. Researchers and experts are invited to submit papers on topics such as DC-DC converters, power electronics control, and energy storage strategies.
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