Solar Decathlon Blog - Solar Decathlon 2017
Below you will find Solar Decathlon news from the Solar Decathlon 2017 archive, sorted by date.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Today we begin a new series on the Solar Decathlon blog, #SDLivingTheDream, highlighting alumni of both the Build Challenge and Design Challenge and how their time in the competition has shaped their careers and their lives. First up, we talk to Dylan Weber Callahan, who competed in the most recent Build Challenge and has already parlayed that experience into a great design job with HOK.
Name: Dylan Weber Callahan
Year participated in Solar Decathlon: Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, CO
University team: Washington University in St. Louis
Current organization / employer: HOK (New York office)
Current role: Design Professional
Tags: #SDLivingTheDream, Alumni, Profiles, Solar Decathlon 2017, Washington University in St. Louis
Monday, October 23, 2017
By Ruby Theresa Nahan
Now that Solar Decathlon 2017 has officially come to a close, and the 11 innovative houses have moved from the competition site at the 61st and Peña Station in Denver to their next destination, I think it’s a perfect time to reflect on the impact the Solar Decathlon might have on the future. Most students who have participated in Solar Decathlon since 2002 might not be familiar with the 1985 film to which my title alludes, but all are very familiar with, quite literally, holding the future in their own hands. Even if they don’t realize it yet.
Tags: Competition, Contests, Solar Decathlon 2002, Solar Decathlon 2005, Solar Decathlon 2009, Solar Decathlon 2011, Solar Decathlon 2013, Solar Decathlon 2015, Solar Decathlon 2017, Technologies
Sunday, October 15, 2017
By Ruby Theresa Nahan
If you read our They Build Through Rain, Sleet, Snow or Hail blog post, you’ll know that weather is officially Solar Decathlon’s unofficial 11th contest. And we pretty much had it all—rain, sleet, snow, wind, and lots and lots of mud. It was the first time Solar Decathlon has ever seen snow, and good news—no hail! For the Weather Contest, we’re happy to report an 11-way tie. All 11 teams completed their houses, opened to the public, and participated in the competition.
Tags: Competition, Events, Netherlands, Northwestern, Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Alexis Powers
Time flies when you’re having fun. It also warps when you are working hard. Here in the Solar Decathlon village, it’s been an absolute whirlwind of both ever since assembly began three weeks ago.
Today’s Solar Decathlon Minute packs one of the competition’s most exciting days into just 110 seconds. If that feels too fast to you, then check out the other 10 Minutes we’ve posted on our YouTube channel during the 2017 event. You’ll see highlights from each house, updates on each day’s activities, and even a dancing toilet.
Tags: Events, Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Prestigious Energy Competition Open for Final Weekend
DENVER, CO – Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons today announced the winning team of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Swiss Team took first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. The University of Maryland took second place followed by the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver team in third place.
Tags: Awards, Competition, Contests, Engineering, Las Vegas, Market Potential, Maryland, Netherlands, Northwestern, Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon 2017, Swiss Team, Team Daytona Beach, UC Berkeley / U of Denver
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Tags: Architecture, Competition, Contests, Las Vegas, Missouri S&T, Swiss Team, UC Davis, Wash U - St. Louis, Water
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Daniel Rubin and Alexis Powers
At the writing of this post, only two-tenths of a point separate first and second place in Solar Decathlon 2017. We are six days into the competition, and there are three days left.
What’s on the line?
Cash prizes up to $300,000 for the winner. And bragging rights of course (priceless).
Tags: Contests, Energy Contest, Missouri S&T, Netherlands, Solar Decathlon 2017, Swiss Team, UC Davis, Wash U - St. Louis
Friday, October 6, 2017
By Casey Kreiter
Albert Einstein once said, “That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” This advice to his son, encouraging him to practice piano and carpentry, still holds true 102 years later. I’ve certainly found myself surprised by the clock after teaching an anatomy lesson at Iowa City Regina or during a football practice with my fellow Denver Broncos. I agree with Einstein—passion is the key.
Tags: Competition, Events, Las Vegas, Missouri S&T, Northwestern, Team Alabama, Team Daytona Beach
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Collegiate Teams Showcase Innovative Solar Houses in International Competition
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DENVER, CO – Eleven teams involving hundreds of collegiate students from the United States and Europe have assembled at the 61st and Peña Station in Denver, Colorado, to showcase their highly energy-efficient, innovation-packed solar houses for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 (see photos here). This signature Energy Department event is making its debut in Denver after successful runs in Washington, D.C., and Orange County, California. Today’s opening ceremony, headlined by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, kicked off the highly anticipated international competition that shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable energy products that are available today.
Tags: Competition, Events, Solar Decathlon 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
By Alexis Powers
Assembly of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 solar village is winding down as teams put the finishing touches on their competition houses. With only a couple days before the event opens to the public and scoring officially begins, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on the organizations that helped make this year’s Solar Decathlon possible.
Tags: Competition, Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon 2017, Sponsors
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
By Ruby Nahan
Despite the overcast skies, rain, and mud, there’s nothing but sunny dispositions at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017!
Teams arrived on site for an all-teams meeting and began assembly of their houses three days ago, on Saturday, September 23 (see our video for highlights). Pretty soon thereafter, it started to rain. Seems we hit an off week in Denver’s rumored 300 days of sun per year. But in the words of our brilliant building code official, Tom Meyers, “Weather. It’s the hidden 11th contest of the Solar Decathlon!”
Tags: Las Vegas, Missouri S&T, Netherlands, Northwestern, Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon 2017, Swiss Team, Team Alabama, Team Daytona Beach, UC Berkeley / U of Denver, UC Davis, University of Maryland, Wash U - St. Louis
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
By Mike Mueller
Editor’s Note: This entry has been cross-posted from EERE’s Energy blog.
One month from now, a solar-powered village will suddenly appear in Denver, Colorado, showcasing the latest innovation in building science and design. From modular construction to water conservation and re-use strategies, this year’s crop of Solar Decathlon houses has it all when it comes to technology, design and creativity.
Tags: Las Vegas, Maryland, Missouri S&T, Netherlands, Northwestern, Swiss Team, Team Alabama, Team Daytona Beach, UC Berkeley / U of Denver, UC Davis, Wash U - St. Louis, Washington State
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
By Kristin Madding
A free event that will blow your mind is about to land in the Denver area. It’s the Solar Decathlon: a multiday, multiteam, multidisciplinary competition that pits collegiate teams against one another in categories of design, engineering, energy, and more. (Goosebumps!) It’s essentially the national championship of solar home building. But, instead of tossing the ole pigskin, teams from the United States, Switzerland, and the Netherlands are building full-size houses featuring the latest sustainability tech to compete in 10 contests. It’s … kind of a big deal.
Tags: Events, EVs, house tours, opening ceremonies, Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon 2017, visit
Thursday, August 10, 2017
By Olivia Wolford
Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is the world’s premier design-build competition, challenging students to create an energy efficient, solar-powered house that must perform in 10 contests during a nine-day public event. It’s also a real-world platform where women are proving that they are some of the brightest rising stars in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, before they even graduate.
Tags: Northwestern University, Solar Decathlon 2017, STEM, UC Berkeley / University of Denver, Washington State University