TU meets Solar Decathlon

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Team Germany jubilating after having won the Solar Decathlon 2007

TU meets Solar Decathlon

The Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) looks back on a long experience inside of the Solar Decathlon Competition.

In 2005, two students of the Energy Efficient Building Design Unit (Faculty of Architecture), lead by Prof. Hegger, joined the Solar Decathlon team of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh. The project „Pittsburgh Synergy“ was planned and carried out. It enabled the German students to get useful information for a project of their own.

After these first experiences in the competition, the TU Darmstadt successfully applied for the Solar Decathlon 2007. Starting in spring 2006, 25 students of the Department of Architecture launched the first Solar Decathlon team in Germany. The CMU and TUD established a cooperation while building two projects for the competition. The working process of Team Germany was occupied by lots of communication, field trips and workshops between Pittsburgh and Darmstadt. All in all 11 students of Team Germany travelled to cmu for three times. In return 15 students of leader Steve Lee came to Darmstadt for two workshops. As a pleasant surprise for all members and interested people, the Team Germany of 2007 could succeed in most of the contest and became the winning team of the Solar Decathlon 2007.

After this amazing result, two different main decisions were taken. On the one hand, the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs established a second building with the Solar Decathlon 2007 design in a larger size. This building is nowadays a showcase for plus energy homes and tours all over Germany.

On the other hand, a new team of students was formed at TUD in spring 2008, starting as defending champion into the competition. We will proudly present the result of our work in October 2009 in Washington, D.C.

In fact the TUD is once again one of only two universities from Europe. So we are looking forward to welcome the competition as Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid in 2010 on the our side of the Atlantic.


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