KKU Goes Solar: Rector Inaugurates First University Solar Power Station

On the 4th of Rabī’ Al-Ākhir, King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R.M. Al-Solamy, inaugurated the university's first operational solar power station. The power station was designed and constructed by students in the Faculty of Engineering. Supervising the efforts was Dr. Abdulaziz bin Salah Al-Saidi. Supporting the efforts were the Permanent Renewable Energy Committee, the University Engineering Consulting Office, and the Technical Company.

At the beginning of the event, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy was introduced to the detailed schematics and drawings of the power station and was presented with a detailed explanation of the project's mechanism and capabilities. Dr. Abdulaziz bin Salah Al-Saidi then explained that the power station is a significant step towards having the university generate its own sustainable electric power. He further noted that sustainable energy is a primary goal of Vision 2030 that is of great scientific, economic, and social importance.

Rector Al-Solamy praised the efforts of the students, the supervisor, and the entire Department of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. Rector Al-Solamy also noted that this power station is a pilot project and learning tool towards future power generating facilities within the university system, most notably at the new Al-Fara University City Campus.

Rector Al-Solamy: 'This power station is a pilot project and learning tool towards future power generating facilities within the university system'.

Rashid Ayman, Electrical Engineering student and member of the project, thanked Rector Al-Solamy, and Faculty of Engineering Dean, Dr. Ibrahim Falqi, for their dedicated contributions and support throughout the project from conception to achieving operational status. The students also thanked each and every individual and organization outside of the university who provided support and encouragement that helped the project come to fruition.

Currently, the pilot power station generates 11 megawatts of electricity per year using only solar energy. This is enough to power the laboratories and workshops in the Faculty of Engineering. This achievement is a small but significant milestone for the College of Engineering and King Khalid University.

The department of civil Engineering participated in community service for Heritage Archaeological Site, Ahad Rufaida, Aseer Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This investigation was carried out according to request Dr. Ali Marzuk. The survey work was conducted under Supervision of Dr Ibrahim Falqi (Dean,College of Engineering) and Dr Nabel Ben Kahla(Chairman, Civil Department) and was undertaken by Dr Khalid Kheder (Assistant Professor) and Engineer Saiful Islam (Lecturer) along with students Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Sharqi , Majid Abdu Mohammed Arishi , Abdullah Mohammad Hussain ,Abdulaziz Abdullah Alyami , Mohammed Mohammed Maher Beiruti , Mehmood Mazin Mehmood Hindavi. Field survey Conducted (Three days): 23-October-2018; 30- October -2018; 1- November -2018  Objectives:   To establish the elevation level on the excavated site with the help of known established benchmark  To prepare the layout map of the excavated site by collecting data using electronic theodolite and auto-level equipment.
  "The importance of upgrading the profession of the engineer and raise the level and encourage creativity and innovation to achieve an internationally recognized position of the Saudi engineer, and then his role in development, the Kingdom is witnessing a comprehensive renaissance and accelerated development and economic reforms stimulate the aspiration for a promising future and renewed prosperity", Dr. Ibrahim bin Idris Falqi The Dean of the College of Engineering addressed these words during the opening of the seventh engineering day activities in the presence of the College's Vice Deans and a large number of faculty members and students at the headquarters of the Faculty of Engineering at the University.  Discussions focused on the services, conferences, seminars and courses that the college evaluates and offers, how to benefit from them by the students and how to involve them, in addition to talking about the link between engineering graduates in their entirety after graduation and the services and facilities available to them. Then the Dean, with the participation of the agents and heads of the departments of the college, held an open meeting with the students to answer the questions and of the students.  Among the activities of this day were the graduation projects and a set of posters for the students of the Faculty in different engineering disciplines, were discussed and evaluated these projects by the scientific committees in the various engineering departments.  Under the title of "my professional experience", the Dean of the College conducted a panel discussion in which he hosted Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Dahm, the Vice Dean of King Khalid University for Projects. The guest spoke about his personal professional experience in studying engineering and his work in design and implementation of university facilities and facilities, technical support for the development and improvement of facilities and infrastructure to ensure a high quality academic environment. The guest also urged graduate students to explore the various doors available to them to obtain an initial job opportunity that will be an incentive and motivation to improve and develop them in the future.  The Dean of the College, along with the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Vice Dean for Development and Quality, responded to the students' questions. The speakers gathered on the competency of the Saudi graduate and his ability to compete for a job, in addition to the development of skills and create an attractive and stable work environment for new graduates and that the newly graduated to prepare for work in remote places specially in the beginning to get and gain skills and experience.  The seventh engineering day concluded with a training course for graduate students under the title "Five-Balance" presented by Eng. Ahmed Bakhoutheh at the invitation of the Training Unit and Alumni at the College.  
  Each semester the Faculty of Engineering under the supervision of the Dean of the College Dr. Ibrahim Falki arranges the industrial field visits. In this semester also a group of graduating students of the Department of Chemical Engineering visited to Aramco Strategic Storage Company on 09th April, 2019 in Abha under the supervision of Dr. Atef El Jery and Dr. Yasser Fahmy. The aim of this visit was to identify the advanced systems ascribing to the methods and stages adopted in the storage and distribution of oil and gas. Strategic storage is located in north of Abha city in Asir region of the kingdom. This facility is supplied with petroleum products from the Jazan distribution station via a 245 km pipeline through Asir mountain ranges. The petroleum products are pumped from the storage site to the distribution station via a 7 km pipeline for local consumption since 1424 AH. Strategic storage and distribution are amongst the most important places in the region. The storage facility is well equipped with health and safety standards. This visit was a great success as our students received detail information about the facility from the integrated team that oversees the distribution process in the strategic stores. The students received a warm welcome and encouragement from the group of members of Saudi Aramco. The program began with the screening of a film about Saudi Aramco's energy from storage to distribution. The aim of Saudi Arabia is to develop a safe and secure system to ensure the protection of petroleum products and secure the needs of safe distribution of petroleum products in times of crisis and emergency.  The importance of oil and gas and their derivatives are paramount as they are used  in many vital activities such as extracting pure water from the land, desalination, civil and military transportation, and the generation of electricity on which all industries depend. As oil installations are usually subject to sabotage or natural disasters, it is necessary to consider developing a safe and efficient system aimed at protecting these facilities and providing petroleum products permanently to all vital facilities and sectors under different circumstances. The main site of the project is about 40 km north of Abha city. The pipeline runs about 240 kilometers long and has two pumping stations, pumping sea-level products to the high mountains up to 2,800 meters, through a tunnel that crosses the mountains. It contains a nuclear, chemical and biological bomb-protected area. It also contains the main control room through which all the station equipment and systems can be operated automatically and equipped with the main computers, which are connected to Saudi Aramco computers to know the size of the stored products and all environmental matters. The system is also linked to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation in Riyadh so that the Ministry is kept informed of the size of strategic stocks. In the end, the accompanying doctors expressed their thanks and appreciation to the team supervising the station for valuable information that they shared with our students.  
The participation of outstanding students in creating tutorial lessons for their poor performing colleagues is good idea towards solving their problems in subject matters and motivating them towards hard work and enhancing their class performance. It is obvious that the course instructors focus on the development and diversification of learning methods to raise the performance of students. In this context, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering initiated this experiment and the student Mohammed Bassam Hammoud, under the supervision of Dr. Bassem Al-Alwan, offered special lessons for the students in the course of Chemical Engineering 1 in partnership with the Deanship of Student Affairs. It started from 24/02/2019 to 31/03/2019. The lectures were delivered every Sunday from 17:00 to 19:00. The lecture focused on important and useful lessons for students that will strengthen them for their next stages. The students were impressed with the lessons and the attendance exceeded 30 students. The Department of Chemical Engineering experienced this successful experience and determined to replicate the same in coming next semester.  
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Ibrahim Falki, opened the activities of the 14th Scientific Research Day of the Faculty of Engineering, which included the presentation and presentation of six papers and scientific research presented by the various departments of the Faculty of Engineering, in addition to the presentation of twelve scientific posters by a number of professors and teachers. For his part, the Dean of the College stressed the importance of scientific research in the College, which raises the quality of academic performance and its development. He also urged the continuation of its presentation throughout the academic year and not limited to presentation and presentation on one day. (MA) next year, which will support and enhance the quality and quality of scientific research in the college, especially postgraduate students. At the end of his speech, the Dean of the College thanked the professors and teachers of the Faculty of Research and thanked the participants, the participants and the attendees. After the completion of the research, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering honored the researchers and a number of participants in the day of scientific research by distributing certificates of appreciation. Then the attendees went to see a number of scientific posters participating in the activities of the 14th Scientific Research Day of the Faculty of Engineering.