This is an excerpt from the September 13, 2012: SunShot Prize launches, second quarter surges, Solar Decathlon Europe kicks off edition of the SunShot newsletter.
Solar Decathlon Europe Kicks Off Tomorrow
Twenty collegiate teams from 13 different countries have been busy building solar-powered houses at the Villa Solar in Madrid, Spain. Through the end of the month, the following teams will compete in a series of 10 contests to determine the winner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2012:
- The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
- Arts et Métiers ParisTech (France)
- Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)
- Chiba University (Japan)
- Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble (France)
- Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
- London Metropolitan University (United Kingdom)
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
- RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
- Team Andalucía: Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Malaga, and Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
- Team Brasil: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and Universidade de São Paulo
- Team Bucharest 2012"Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Politehnica University of Bucharest, and Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (Romania)
- Team Rome: Roma Tre University and Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)
- Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
- Tongji University (China)
- Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)
- Universidad del País Vasco—Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Spain)
- Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
- Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain).
From a house designed to sit on top of another home to a circular house inspired by Pi, the solar-powered residential concepts being presented at the second Solar Decathlon Europe have once again raised the bar in solar innovation and design. Learn more about each team's approach to sustainable living here.
The U.S. Department of Energy, which launched the first Solar Decathlon competition in 2002, is a supporting partner in the Solar Decathlon Europe event. A 2007 memorandum of understanding between the Spanish and U.S. governments allowed the competition to take place on alternating years as the U.S.-based event beginning in 2010. In August 2013, the first Solar Decathlon China is set to take place in Datong.