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Research

Main Research Areas

  • Solar Energy: [Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Solar Thermal, and Solar Hybrid Power Systems]

  • Materials for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Storage

  • Energy Efficiency and Management: [Buildings, Transportation, Industrial Applications, Energy Monitoring, Energy Control, Energy Systems Modeling and Simulation, Energy Planning]

  • Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability


• Research Projects

  • Chaouki Ghenai. "Performance Analysis of Hybrid Radiant Cooling System (RCS)/Down-Sized Forced-Air System (DFAS) for Sharjah Buildings Under hot and humid Climate Conditions". External Project [Amount Secured: 30,000 AED], Source of fund: Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  • Chaouki Ghenai. "Expected effects of the cold sidewalks application in United Arab Emirates, and performance analysis of UAE sidewalks". External Project [Amount Secured: 60,000 AED], Source of fund: Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, United Arab Emirates

  • Chaouki Ghenai, Tareq Salameh, Abdul Kadir Hamid, and Ahmed Hachicha. "Solar Absorption Air Conditioning System in Sharjah". External Project [Amount Secured: 98,000 AED], Source of fund: Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), United Arab Emirates

  • Chaouki Ghenai, and Abdallah Shanableh. "Techno-Economic and Environmental Analysis of Drinkable Air Systems Under Hot and Humid Weather Conditions in Sharjah". External Project [Amount Secured: 146,000 AED], Source of fund: Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) & Drinkable Air Company, United Arab Emirates

  • Chaouki Ghenai. "Study of PERMA-CLEAN SOLAR", United Arab Emirates". External Project [Amount Secured: 15,000 AED], Source of fund: Enova, Dry Wired Green ME Tech, and University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  

  • A-K. Hamid, Chaouki Ghenai and Maamar Bettayeb. "3KW PV/T System Using Front (Optical Filter) and Bank Nano Fluid Colling, Hybrid System with Front and Back Cooling". Funded Research Project, Source of fund: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2019-2021 


  • A-K. Hamid, Chaouki Ghenai and Maamar Bettayeb. "Real time detection and localization of infrared hot spots installed 3KW PV system". Funded Research Project, Source of fund: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 1st, 2020-2022


  • Zafar Said, and Chaouki Ghenai. "Performance enhancement of evacuated tube solar collector using different nanomaterials-based fluid". Competitive Research Project [Amount Secured: 80,000 AED], (2018-ongoing), University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Zafar Said, "Stability and thermophysical properties of Hybrid nanofluids for heat transfer enhancement and energy efficiency". Seed Project [Amount Secured: 40,000 AED], (2017-2020), University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Zafar Said, Ahmed Hachicha, and Evangelos Bellos. "Performance enhancement of parabolic trough solar collector with different inserts, design, and nanofluid". Targeted Research Project [Amount Secured: 196,000 AED], From 11th April 2021 till 11th April 2023, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Zafar Said, and Shek Atiqure Rahman. "Nanoparticles in Refrigeration systems and Nano lubricants, Implementation Phase". External Research Project funded by the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed), Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 2021


  • Abdelsalam Aldawoud, Ahmed Hachicha, Bashria Yousef, Chaouki Ghenai, and Tareq Salameh. "Demand Response and Renewable Energy integration in Institutional Buildings: A Case Study of a University of Sharjah Campus-UAE". Competitive Research Project [Amount Secured: 80,000 AED], University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Tareq Salameh, Chaouki Ghenai, Ahmed Hachicha, ‎Abrar Inayat, and Shek Atiqure Rahman. "Thermo hydraulic performance of heat transfer process provided with ‎roughened surface and construction materials for renewable energy ‎applications". Competitive Research Project [Amount Secured: 80,000 AED]: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Tareq Salameh, Abdul Kadir Hamid, and Chaouki Ghenai. "Demand Side Management using Stand-Alone Hybrid Power System". Externally funded Research Project [Amount Secured: 95,000 AED], Source of fund: Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), 2018, United Arab Emirate


  • Ahmed Hachicha, and Zafar Said. "Energy Efficiency enhancement of PV/T using nanofluids". External Research Project [Amount Secured: 80,000 AED], (2017-ongoing), Source of Fund: Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), United Arab Emirates


  • Ahmed Hachicha, Chaouki Ghenai, Tareq Salameh, Shek Atiqure Rahman, and Zafar Said. "Numerical and experimental study of an innovative solar absorber - parabolic trough collectors' case". Targeted Project [Amount Secured: 165,000 AED], (2018-ongoing), University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Ahmed Hachicha, Abdul Kadir Hamid, Chaouki Ghenai, Shek Atiqure Rahman, and Tareq Salameh. "Hybrid PV-thermal collector". External Research Project [Amount Secured: 97,600 AED], Source of Fund: collaboration with Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), United Arab Emirates


  • Ahmed HachichaShek Atiqure Rahman, Zafar Said, and Di Zhang. "Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Dust Effect on Solar Systems Under United Arab Emirates Weather Conditions and Dust Mitigation Methods". Competitive Research Project [Amount Secured: 80,000 AED], (2020-ongoing), University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Sahuck Oh, Seungwoo Yoo and Ahmed Hachicha, (With collaboration from the Korea Aerospace University). "Study on renewable energy using a solar updraft tower and its effectiveness as an outdoor air purification system". External Research Project [Amount Secured: 95,000 AED], Funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea, Daejeon, South Korea


  • Shek Atiqure Rahman, Ahmed Hachicha, Mamdouh El Haj Assad, and Sheikh Khaleduzzaman Shah. "Feasibility and life cycle analysis of green solar thermal energy storage system application for cooling and/or heating in United Arab Emirates climate conditions". Competitive Research Project [Amount Secured: 74,000 AED]: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Shek Atiqure Rahman, ‎Chaouki Ghenai, Tareq ‎Salameh, and Ahmed ‎Hachicha, and Saidurahman. "Study on a novel approach ‎of atmospheric freeze-drying system using vortex ‎tube". Competitive Research Project [Amount Secured: 80,000 AED]: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Shek Atiqure Rahman, Zafar Said, and Ahmed Hachicha. "Performance evaluation of a solar-assisted shell and tube heat exchanger using MWCNTs/Water-based nanofluids". Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Research Group, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Shek Atiqure Rahman. "Performance evaluation of a novel solar dryer". Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Research Group, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Shek Atiqure Rahman. "Acceleration of mass transfer rate during osmotic dehydration and convection solar drying for a better conservation of food product". Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Research Group, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Shek Atiqure Rahman, Ahmed Hachicha, Tareq Salameh, and Chaouki Ghenai. "Three-dimensional simulation of Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube". Collaborative Research Project, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Abrar Inayat, Chaouki Ghenai, and Tareq Salameh. "Energy efficient and cost-effective hydrogen production process development form date pits via steam gasification". Seed Project [Amount Secured: 40,000 AED], University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates