Solar Decathlon Europe named in Communication category by European Sustainable Energy Awards

14:46, March 24, 2011      

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The Solar Decathlon Europe competition has been nominated for an award in the "Communication" category of the European Sustainable Energy Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition between universities from all over the world, is held in Madrid. The teams from the various universities have to design and build a house which runs completely on solar energy.

The houses have to undergo 10 separate tests to decide the winning design, hence the name Solar Decathlon.

The last edition of Solar Decathlon Europe was celebrated in Madrid in 2010 and 2012 will see the next edition of the competition.

The European Sustainable Energy Awards are organized by the European Commission through the Sustainable Energy Europe communications network and are now in their fifth edition in which they recognize the best projects in the fields of energy efficiency.

There are six categories in the Awards -- Communication, Consumer, Education, Housing, Production and Travel.

Project Manager of Solar Decathlon Europe Sergio Vega expressed his satisfaction with the nomination, saying, "It is very important for us to have a chance of winning the prize in the Communication category, given that the main objective of the competition is to raise awareness of the use of renewable energy among the population, improve energy efficiency and achieve the integration of renewable energy in buildings."

The awards will be handed out in a ceremony in Brussels on April 12 as part of the European Week for Sustainable Energy, which is held on 11-15 of the month.

Meanwhile the Solar Decathlon Europe has confirmed that 20 teams from 15 countries will compete in the 2012 edition of the competition.

Teams from Germany, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Britain and Romania will make it the most international edition of the competition yet.

The competition is organized by Spain's Ministry of Housing, with the help of the University Politecnica del Madrid and the support of the United States'Department of Energy.

Source: Xinhua
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