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Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Decathlon Europe logo. Energy Endeavour Foundation logo.

The Solar Decathlon Europe was initiated in 2007, when the Spanish and U.S. governments signed a memorandum of understanding to create the first complementary European edition 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 moved to Versailles, France. The 2019 event took place in Szentendre, Hungary. Solar Decathlon Europe 2021/2022 took place in June 2022, in Wuppertal, Germany. Learn more on the event website. A call for cities has been issued for SDE 2025.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2021/2022

The Energy Endeavour Foundation and the organizers in Wuppertal, Germany, announced these competing teams for the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, set for June 2022 in Wuppertal:

  • The School of Architecture, Bangkok University, Thailand (BKU)
  • Chalmers Technical University, Sweden (CHA)
  • Czech Technical University, Czech Republic (CTU)
  • Istanbul Technical University and Technical University of Applied Sciences Lübeck (ITU)
  • FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences, Germany (FHA)
  • École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble, France (GRE)
  • Biberach University of Applied Science, Germany (HBC)
  • Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Germany (HFT)
  • Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany (HSD)
  • Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania (ION)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (KIT)
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand (KMU)
  • National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (NCT)
  • Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany (ROS)
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (TUD)
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands (TUE)
  • University of Pécs, Hungary (UPH)
  • Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain (UPV)

The teams competed in these 10 contests:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Energy Performance
  • Affordability & Viability
  • Communication, Education & Social Awareness
  • Sustainability
  • Comfort
  • House Functioning
  • Urban Mobility

Solar Decathlon Europe 2019

Szentendre, Hungary was selected as the location for Solar Decathlon Europe 2019. Featuring a rich architectural and cultural heritage, Szentendre is located along the Danube, not far from the capital of Budapest. Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 emphasized the simulation of renovating existing buildings using modern technologies and a mix of modern and reclaimed materials while focusing on interior comfort, four-season design, and architectural quality in the integration of the new technologies and materials.

These teams were selected to compete in Solar Decathlon Europe 2019:

  • University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Universidad Politécnica Catalunya, Spain
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • International Hellenic University, Greece
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille, France
  • University of Maryland, U.S.A.
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • University of Miskolc, Hungary
  • Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
  • University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

The teams competed in these 10 contests:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Communication & Social Awareness
  • Neighbourhood Integration & Impact
  • Innovation & Viability
  • Circularity & Sustainability
  • Comfort Conditions
  • House Functioning
  • Energy Balance

See the results of Solar Decathlon Europe 2019.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 took place in Versailles, France, June 28–July 14, 2014.

The final standings of the 20 Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competitors were:

Rank Team Point Total
1 Universitá Degli Studi di Roma TRE (Italy) 840.63
2 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 (France) 839.75
3 Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) 837.87
4 University of the Arts Berlin and Technical University of Berlin (Germany) 823.42
5 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Engineering and Architecture (Switzerland) 804.75
6 Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria – Valparaiso (Chile) and Université de la Rochelle – Espace Bois de l'IUT (France) 802.42
7 University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 793.71
8 Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) 780.01
9 Université d'Angers (France) and Appalachian State University (U.S.A.) 776.92
10 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona (Spain) 776.24
11 Chiba University (Japan) 774.09
12 National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) 772.15
13 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México and the Center of Research in Industrial Design and the School of Engineering and the School of Arts (Mexico) 760.17
14 Rhode Island School of Design (U.S.A.), Brown University (U.S.A.), and University of Applied Sciences – Erfurt (Germany) 657.46
15 Universisad de Castilla - La Mancha and Universidad de Alcala de Henares University (Spain) 650.44
16 Costa Rica Institute of Technology - Cartago (Costa Rica) 588.8
17 King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand) 508.15
18 Academy of Architecture and IIT Bombay (India) 452.3
19 Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" (Romania) 348.49
20 Université Paris-Est, ENSA Paris Malaquais, ENSA Marne la Vallée, ESTP Paris, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, ESIEE Paris, ENSG, and IFSTTAR (France) 268.81

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

Solar Decathlon Europe 2010

The first Solar Decathlon Europe took place in the Villa Solar near the Royal Palace (Palacia Real) of historic Madrid, Spain, in June 2010. Seventeen teams from nine countries competed in Solar Decathlon Europe 2010. The final standings were:

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