University of Maryland
Hear straight from the collegiate students from the University of Maryland about their design and strategy behind their entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.
The Solar Decathlon:
Educates student participants and the public about the many cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energy productsDemonstrates to the public the opportunities presented by cost-effective houses that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems that are available todayProvides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean-energy workforce.
Solar Decathlon Teams
The university-led teams that design, build, and operate the competition’s solar-powered houses are the heart of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Learn more about each of these teams competing in Solar Decathlon 2011:
- Appalachian State University
- Florida International University
- Middlebury College
- New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington
- The Ohio State University
- Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology
- Purdue University
- The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology
- Team Belgium: Ghent University
- Team Canada: University of Calgary
- Team China: Tongji University
- Team Florida: The University of South Florida, Florida State University, The University of Central Florida, and The University of Florida
- Team Massachusetts: Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
- Team New Jersey: Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Team New York: The City College of New York
- Tidewater Virginia: Old Dominion University and Hampton University
- University of Hawaii
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Maryland
- The University of Tennessee.
For information about how to contact a Solar Decathlon 2011 team, see the team contacts page.
Is your school interested in competing in the next Solar Decathlon? Learn how to apply.
Are you a current or previous Solar Decathlon decathlete? Join the Solar Decathlon Alumni Association.
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