Solar Decathlon Europe Opens in Madrid

Bamboo solar house, Tongji (China) Team entry

“Today is an important day for our country,” said Spain’s Minister of Housing, Beatriz Corredor at the opening of the Solar Decathlon Europe, “because [it] offers us the opportunity to show that Spain is at the head of research in the area of renewable energies and their application to residential construction.”

Spain's Minister of Housing, Beatriz Corredor

Spain has earned bragging rights in the advancement of solar power, but Solar Decathletes from twelve of the seventeen competing university teams that do not come from Spain hope to beat their host country with a superior all-solar-powered house.

To read more about the 10-day competition, visit the Solar Decathlon Europe Website.

You can follow the tweets from all of the teams, or choose your favorite, at our Solar Decathlon Europe Twitter list.

This video provides a brief overview of Solar Decathlon Europe’s opening (in Spanish).

Competing Teams

Arts et Métiers Paris Tech
Fachhochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera
Ecole National Supérieure d’architecture de Grenoble
Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
Aalto University, Finland
Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña
University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim
Tianjin University
Universidad de Sevilla
Universidad de Valladolid
University of Nottingham
University of Florida
Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña
Tongji University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

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