Solar Decathlon Europe

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The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design and build houses powered exclusively by the sun. The winner of the competition is the team able to score the most points in 10 contests.

On Oct. 18, 2007, the Spanish and U.S. governments signed a memorandum of understanding in which the Spanish Ministry of Housing committed to organize and host Solar Decathlon Europe.[1] The agreement was signed in Washington, D.C., next to the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s Casa Solar during the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2007 competition. The American signatory was Alexander A. Karsner, assistant secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department of the U.S. Department of Energy, with Fernando Magro Fernández, undersecretary of housing of the Ministry of Housing representing the Spanish government.[2]

This competition takes place during even years, alternating with the U.S.-based competition, by agreement between the United States and Spanish governments.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2010[edit]

Modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, the first Solar Decathlon Europe took place in Madrid, Spain, in June 2010.[3] Decathletes from 17 teams spent 10 days competing in the Villa Solar near the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real).[4] A combination of task completion, measurement, and jury scoring determined Solar Decathlon Europe's first champion: Virginia Tech.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012[edit]

This entry from Romania produces 20% more energy than it uses[5]

The second Solar Decathlon Europe occurred in September 2012. The place was Madrid, España in the Casa de Campo

Main teams:


Solar Decathlon Europe 2014[edit]

The 2014 edition of the Solar Decathlon Europe took place in Versailles, France from June to July.

Main teams:




  • ENSA Nantes / ESB / Audencia Nantes TEAM Altanitic Challenge
  • Universite Paris-Est TEAM UPE






  • Technical University of civil engineering Bucharest / TEAM Bucharest 2014

 Costa Rica:






 Chile  France:

 United States  France:

 United States  Germany:

  • Rhode Island School of design and Brown University / University of Applied Science Erfurt Fachhochschule Erfurt / TEAM Inside out

And substitute teams:



 Denmark  Spain:



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