Student Teams Sought for New Solar Decathlon in Madrid
The launch of Solar Decathlon Europe was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and proposals to participate in the inaugural competition are due on Sept. 30.
Twenty teams of university students from around the world will be selected to compete in the event, which will take place in May and June 2010 in Madrid.
Following in the footsteps of Solar Decathlon competitions created by the DOE in 2002 and held annually on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., most recently with 100,000 attendees last October, the competitions give engineering and architecture students the opportunity to design, develop and build energy-efficient technology for a self-sufficient house powered only by solar energy.
Written proposals to participate in the competition are due to SD Europe by the Sept. 30 deadline (www.sdeurope.org). The teams that are selected will receive about $145,000 in economic support.
With the deadline fast approaching, NAHB members are encouraged to pass along information on the decathlon to individuals, schools, universities or organizations that might be interested in assembling a team and participating.
The secretariat of the International Housing Association, the NAHB International Affairs staff and the DOE have been working to promote this event, which will showcase new technologies that can be applied by the housing industries of countries around the world.
For more information, e-mail Susanna Connaughton at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8415.