The 20 Teams in the 2011 Solar Decathlon
The Solar Decathlon is a global competition that challenges universities to create attractive, efficient, and cost effective solar powered homes.
The Solar Decathlon will be taking place from September 22 through October 2, 2011.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, this challenge is a process that takes collegiate teams over 2 years of development. It culminates in the construction and showcase of their solar powered homes.
The 20 teams will travel to Washington D.C. to construct their solar efficient homes to be on display to the public. These homes are also tested for efficiency and judged on their overall design and perceived comfort by a team of expert architects, builders, designers and representatives from the energy industry.
On January 11, 2011, it was announced that Solar Decathlon would not be held on the National Mall. Instead, it will be held at the location of the newly opened Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
The 20 Collegiate Teams chosen for the 2011 Solar Decathlon
The team is followed by its home city and the name of its entry links to their conceptual model.
Gent University – Ghent, Belgium
City College of New York – New York, New York
The Solar Roofpod model
Appalachian State University – Boone, North Carolina
The Solar Homestead model
Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
Florida State University, Central Florida University, University of Florida and University of South Florida, – Tallahassee, Orlando, Gainesville, and Tampa, Florida
Flex House model
Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts
4-D Home model
Florida International University – Miami, Florida
PerFORM[D]ance House model
Tongji University – Shanghai, China
The University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee
Living Light: UT Solar Decathlon House model
So. California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology – Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Victoria University of Wellington – Victory, New Zealand
First Light model
Middlebury College – Middlebury, Vermont
Stevens Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design – Hoboken, New Jersey and New York, New York
University of Hawaii – Honolulu, Hawaii
Hale Pilihonua model – withdrew from competition
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology – New Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey
eNJoy! New Jersey Solar House model
Old Dominion University and Hampton University – Norfolk and Hampton, Virginia
Unit 6 Unplugged model
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana
IN Home model
University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
TRTL: Technological Residence, Traditional Living model
University of Maryland – College Park, Maryland
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Champaign, Illinois
As I begin writing, we’re currently in the middle of a two year cycle. This past April 2010, the 20 teams were chosen and their models were on display for a week at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). I visited, checked them out and will be writing about them.
The models are quite varied in their design and use of various passive and active solar technologies.
The Department of Energy Website – http://www.solardecathlon.gov/