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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Student teams from Italy, Singapore and California will go head-to-head against competitors from colleges and universities worldwide in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015.

The 20 teams, announced Thursday (Feb. 13), will design, build and test solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative and highly energy efficient.

Solar Decathlon 2013

Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The 20 Solar Decathlon teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them at the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition site in Irvine, CA.

As part of the competition, the teams will compete in 10 different contests—ranging from architecture and engineering to home appliance performance—while gaining valuable hands-on experience. 

The Energy Department also announced that the 2015 competition would take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA. The park hosted the Solar Decathlon 2013.

Teams Selected

In fall 2015, teams from the following universities will showcase their solar-powered houses at the competition site and provide free public tours.

  • California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA);
  • California State University, Sacramento;
  • Clemson University (Clemson, SC);
  • Crowder College (Neosho, MO) and Drury University (Springfield, MO);
  • Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI) and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI);
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO);
  • New York City College of Technology;
  • Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls, OR) and Portland State University (Portland, OR);
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA);
  • State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University (Alfred, NY);
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ);
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), National University of Singapore, and Santa Fe College (Santa Fe, NM);
  • The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Munich, Germany);
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York;
  • University of California, Davis;
  • University of California, Irvine; Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA); Chapman University (Orange, CA); and Irvine Valley College (Irvine, CA);
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN);
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) and University of Roma Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy);
  • Western New England University (Springfield, MA); Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (Panama); and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (Tegucigalpa, Honduras); and
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT).

The teams and their proposed projects represent a diverse range of building technologies; design approaches; target markets; and geographic locations, climates and regions, including urban, suburban, and rural settings, DOE added.

Team Austria
Jason Flakes / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology was the contest winner in 2013.

The DOE held its inaugural Solar Decathlon in 2002, and has hosted the competition biennially since then.

The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Last year’s winning team was from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Building Envelope; Contests; Energy efficiency; Government; Solar Decathlon; U.S. Department of Energy

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