Originally conceived in 1999, a single bright idea to test the power of the sun in 10 contests soon grew into one of the most ambitious and inspiring events in the country—the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

BeauSoleil Solar House, University of Louisiana Solar Decathalon TeamThe student Decathletes competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon are pursuing solar engineeringand design excellence. They will demonstrate that we can live our modern lifestyle—where we work hard, move fast, and demand convenience and comfort—while using less energy. And they will prove that the time for solar energy and energy effciency is now!

Today’s solar houses connect with nature to capture heat and light from the sun, as well as cooling breezes and shading. Taking these low-tech, natural advantages to higher levels, Solar Decathlon homes combine proven design solutions with the latest high-tech products to create homes that reduce utility bills and meet their own energy needs while providing all the comforts of home.

The fourth competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Solar Decathlon 2009 challenges 20 college teams from around the globe to design, build, and operate the most livable and energy-effcient completely solar-powered house. And, while the competition will crown a frst-place fnisher, this truly is a competition we all win. Through their work, the students demonstrate winning choices about living with style, comfort, and abundance using only the power of the sun. That’s the promise of the Solar Decathlon.

BeauSoleil Solar Panels, University of Louisiana Solar Decathalon TeamWhile the sun is the namesake of the competition, the students and their amazing work are the cornerstone of the event. Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs—and the Solar Decathlon provides them with unique training for green jobs in renewable energy and energy effciency.

Although the Solar Decathlon is primarily a student competition, it is also a living laboratory where concept meets reality. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the solar village and see frsthand the solar energy and energy effciency technologies available today.

The attention is well-deserved. With each successive event—including the upcoming 2009 Solar Decathlon—the students become smarter and the homes become more sophisticated, more effcient, and more attractive.

The 2009 Solar Decathlon Teams:

• Cornell University

• Iowa State University

• Penn State

• Rice University

• Team Alberta (University of Calgary /SAIT Polytechnic / Alberta College of Art+ Design / Mount Royal College)

• Team Boston (Boston ArchitecturalCollege / Tufts University)

• Team California (Santa Clara University /California College of the Arts)

• Team Missouri (Missouri University ofScience & Technology / University of Missouri)

• Team Ontario/BC (University of Waterloo/ Ryerson University / Simon Fraser University)

• Technische Universität Darmstadt

• The Ohio State University

• The University of Arizona

• Universidad de Puerto Rico

• Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig

• University of Kentucky

• University of Louisiana

• University of Minnesota

• University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

• Virginia Tech

 

The 2009 Solar Decathlon Schedule:

Oct. 1-7—Teams assemble their houses

Oct. 8-16—Teams compete in 10 contests

Oct. 9-13—Houses are open to the public

Oct. 14—Houses are closed for competition moni

Oct. 15-18—Houses are open to the public

Oct. 19-21—Teams disassemble their houses

 


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