visitors line up to tour inside the finished homes of the US Department of Energy Solar ... Decathlon 2011 in Washington, DC, Saturday September 24, 2011. Credit: Stefano Paltera / United States Department of Solar Decathlon
After an unfortunate delay due to Covid, the Solar Decathlon (SD) college event is set to take place next week - for the first time, it will be virtual. For those who are not aware of this event, the Solar Decathlon is organized by the US Department of Energy and is an incredibly inspiring event. It showcases the imagination, creativity, and research of college students in the United States and around the world. Since the first event started in 2002 in Washington DC, there have been DD events every two years in the United States and other places like Madrid and China.
The United States Department of Energy challenges students around the world to explore energy efficiency and prefabricated construction firsthand by developing their own innovative homes for these events.
Solar powered homes designed and built by students may not appear on the National Mall, ... but they are still available for virtual tour and the innovations remain impressive. Joe Simon / National Renewable Energy Lab
this year kicks off next week, where top science and engineering students in the US and Europe prepare to present 'virtually' their high-tech solar homes.The featured competition was originally scheduled to take place at the National Mall last summer, but was postponed and moved to a local building event, with teams building homes in their local communities, where they will stay after the competition.
The US Department of Energy 's very first Virtual Decathlon Virtual Village opens for public tours at ... April 12, 2021. Everyone's house The Solar Decathlon Build Challenge team has a virtual tour, receiving information on efficient and renewable energy technologies that can be incorporated into today's homes. Stacy Hunt / Confluence Communications
Despite the many obstacles teams encountered along the way during the pandemic - delayed deliveries and supplies, procurement of materials, handling wood shortages, scheduling contractors and staff onsite and security through quarantine requirements - students are now eager to compete with their peers and present their innovative and modern home designs to the public, a business they launched three years ago. The public can visit the homes online by visiting the, which opens April 12.
Here are the teams that will participate in this upcoming 2020 event:
- Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Utrecht, Netherlands)
- Kansas State University
- Universidad Technica Federico Santa Maria (Valparaiso, Chile)
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- University of Denver
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario - Canada)
- Weber State University (Ogden, Utah)
University of Illinois students work together to put the finishing touches to their ... project. Photo courtesy of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Teams compete in multiple categories on aspects such as architecture, engineering, market potential, financial feasibility and affordability.ility. I am very honored to be a juror for this event for the first time. However, Solar Decathlon has been a passionate interest of mine for many years, having attended most of them with great admiration. Hope that many people will take the opportunity to experience it vertically this year and hopefully in person in the future.