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United States, China Agree to Second Solar Decathlon China

Monday, July 20, 2015

By Carol Laurie

The U.S. Department of Energy, the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China, and China Overseas Development Association have finalized a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the second edition of Solar Decathlon China. 

According to the memorandum, the competition “… is an opportunity for universities and colleges, technology developers, equipment manufacturers, and local and national Chinese government entities working together with United States industry leaders to demonstrate commercially available green building technologies and designs.” 

Planned for 2016 or 2017, the exact dates and location of the international event are to be determined. However, a call for participating teams will be issued in 2015.

Photo of a group of people.

In July 2015, government representatives from the United States and China formally agreed to host a second Solar Decathlon China in 2016 or 2017. Solar Decathlon China organizers include Mr. Hu (third from right), director of the China Overseas Development Association, and Mr. Li, director of the organizing committee (second from right). (Photo courtesy of Hongxi Yin)

The first Solar Decathlon China was held in Datong, China, August 2–13, 2013. The top finishers were:

  1. University of Wollongong (Australia)
  2. South China University of Technology and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)
  3. Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden).

Solar Decathlon China 2013 involved 22 teams from 35 universities and 13 countries. An estimated 230,000 people visited the public exhibit.

Solar Decathlon China is a member of the international family of Solar Decathlon competitions, which also includes Solar Decathlon Europe, Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean, Solar Decathlon Middle East, and the flagship U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Carol Laurie is the communications manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.


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