Solar Decathlon EuropeA batch of brilliant students representing 17 universities from around the world, are strung up in a 10 day long competition in Madrid. The sole objective of the competition is to design a fully functioning solar system that is capable of running almost anything, which is considered to be a common usage device in daily routine.

This competition is known as the “Solar Decathlon Europe” (SDE) and it has brought together an array of undergraduate/postgraduate architects, students and engineers who will work hard to win this bout. The results will be announced on June 27th after a thorough analysis of each groups’ work, by a panel of analysts.

The SDE Director – Javier Serra Maria said that just like those Olympics events, the competitors will have to pass 10 tests in a row to determine their mettle. The Jury will be categorizing only 3 houses (out of 17) as;

–          The best team for superior architecture for solar system

–          The best team for the integration of technological components

–          The best runner up team

In addition, all the teams have received a sum of 100,000 Euros each from the Spanish housing ministry, but they are all permitted to ask for additional funds, whenever new equipment is supposed to be bought for the competition.

For the first time in history, the SDE is taking place in Europe and it is being organized by the U.S. Dept of Energy. Back in 2002, 2005 and 2009 — the Solar Decathlon was staged in the United States.

This time in Spain, there are five teams from different Spanish universities, two teams from Germany, two from France and the rest of the teams hail from China, the U.S., the U.K. and Finland. The 17 houses will be competing against each other at the “Solar Village”, which is next to Madrid Royal Palace and it will be open to the public, once the competition is near its final stages.