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Solar Decathlon Europe

Logo of Solar Decathlon Europe.

On Oct. 18, 2007, the Spanish and U.S. governments signed a memorandum of understanding to create Solar Decathlon Europe, a complementary competition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.  Spain hosted the first two of these competitions in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, Solar Decathlon Europe will move north to France.  

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 will take place in Versailles, France, June 28–July 14, 2014. The participating teams are:

  • Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Engineering and Architecture
  • Universisad de Castilla – La Mancha and Universidad de Alcala de Henares University
  • Chiba University
  • ENSA Nantes, ESB, Audencia Group, Audencia Nantes, Ecole des Mines Nantes, ISSBA, IUT Nantes, Architectes Ingénieurs Associés, Atlansun, Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, Medieco, Novabuild, SAMOA, and SCE
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Academy of Architecture and IIT Bombay
  • Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria – Valparaiso and Université de la Rochelle – Espace Bois de l'IUT
  • Université d'Angers and Appalachian state university
  • University of the Arts Berlin and Technical University of Berlin
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu"
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and University of Applied Sciences – Erfurt
  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main
  • Costa Rica Institute of Technology – Cartago
  • Université Paris-Est, ENSA Paris Malaquais, ENSA Marne la Vallée, ESTP Paris, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, ESIEE Paris, ENSG, and IFSTTAR
  • Universitá Degli Studi di Roma TRE
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona
  • National Chiao Tung University
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México and the Center of Research in Industrial Design and the School of Engineering and the School of Arts.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 was held Sept. 14–30, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. The final standings of its 18 competitors were:

Rank Team Point Total
1École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble (France) 908.72
2Universidades de Sevilla, Jaén, Granada, and Málaga (Spain)897.39
3Universitá Degli Studi di Roma Tre, Sapienza Unviersitá di Roma, Free University of Bozen, and Fraunhofer Italy (Italy)863.49
4University of Applied Sciences Konstanz (Germany) 835
5RWTH Aachen University (Germany) 819.31
6Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)766.98
7Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)765.98
8Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain)731.57
9"Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, and Politehnica University of Bucharest (Romania)719.16
10Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)715.59
11The American University in Cairo (Egypt) 686.88
12Universidad del País Vasco – Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Spain) 684.20
13Bordeaux University (France)674.80
14Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and Universidade de São Paulo  (Brazil)670.99
15Chiba University (Japan)641.91
16Universidade do Porto (Portugal)538.29
17Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris – Malaquais, Universitá di Ferrara, Ecole des Ponts Paristech, and Politecnico di Bari (France-Italy)416.49
18Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)371.48

Solar Decathlon Europe 2010

Modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., the first Solar Decathlon Europe took place in Madrid, Spain, in June 2010. The decathletes spent 10 days competing in the Villa Solar near the Royal Palace (Palacia Real) of historic Madrid. A combination of task completion, measurement, and jury scoring determined Solar Decathlon Europe's first champion: Virginia Tech.

Seventeen teams from nine countries competed in Solar Decathlon Europe 2010. The final standings were:

Rank Team Point Total
1Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 812
2University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim 811
3Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences 808
4Ecole National Supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble 794
5Helsinki University of Technology 777
6Bergische Universität Wuppertal 773
7Arts et Métiers Paris Tech 763
8University of Florida 743
9Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera 737
10Fachhochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 729
11Tongji 683
12Universidad de Sevilla 678
13Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña 668
14Universidad de Valladolid 648
15University of Nottingham 641
16Tianjin University 585
17Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña 583