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Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences Wins Solar Decathlon Europe Engineering and Construction Contest

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Germans and French ran away with the prestigious Engineering and Construction contest at Solar Decathlon Europe today. Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences was awarded first place, and Arts et Métiers Paris Tech took second.  A two-way tie was announced for third between the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim and Ecole National Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble.

The jury members had high praise for the engineering excellence exhibited by all the teams and said even they learned a lot. They also said they were impressed by how many teams focused on the goal of “doing more with less.” That is the real challenge today for engineers, they said.

This following is from a Solar Decathlon Europe press release:

Solar Decathlon Europe has just awarded the prize for the Engineering and Construction contest in another ceremony at the Villa Solar.  Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, with its solar house, … has just become the winner of this contest with 72 points, followed by Arts et Métiers Paris Tech with 66 points. École National Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble and University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim share the third position with 64 points.

The scores earned by the teams in this contest are:

Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences 72
Arts et Métiers Paris Tech 66
École National Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble 64
University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim 64
Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera 62
Fanchhoschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 61
University of Nottingham 60
Aalto University Finland 59
Bergische Universität Wuppertal 59
Tongji University Shanghai 57
Universidad de Valladolid 56
Universidad de Sevilla 52
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 51
University of Florida 47
Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña 46
Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña 45
Tianjin University 45

Virginia Tech and the University of Florida did not fare well in the engineering contest. Virginia Tech was awarded 51 points and thirteenth place; Florida received 47 points for fourteenth place.  However, I think Virginia Tech remains in first place by a slim seven points. Too close for comfort!

Richard King is the director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Throughout the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizers are reporting from Madrid.

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