Solar Decathlon is an international student competition which seeks to encourage research and development of efficient and sustainable housing. The history of the event goes back to 2002, when its first edition was held in the United States. In 2010, due to a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Spanish Ministry of Housing, the first European edition took place in Madrid. After three successful editions in 2010, 2012 and 2014 the reach and continuity of the event seems to have no limits. The governance of Solar Decathlon Europe resides on the Energy Endeavour Foundation and the SDE Council of Experts. In every edition, Universities from all around the world compete to present a bioclimatic house project powered mainly by solar energy. Innovation and social awareness come together to create a positive impact in the society.
Solar Decathlon UPV Team, with the Azalea Project, represents the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) at Solar Decathlon Europe 2019. The UPV is one of the most important technical universities in Spain. With three different campuses (València, Gandia and Alcoy), it offers 48 different bachelor's and master's degrees and 81 PhD programmes. In addition to regular lessons, students are encouraged to take part in transversal projects inside the UPV’s Generación Espontánea programme. With more than 25 student groups, the GE programme helps students to team up and think out of the box while putting their knowledge into practice.
The Solar Decathlon UPV Team was born to participate in Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 with the Azalea project. During the competition period the team was awarded with the first position in Architecture, one of the most important categories. Moreover, the team won the second award in Energy Efficiency and the third in Engineering and Construction. Now the aim is to participate in Solar Decathlon 2021, which will take place in Germany. Azalea is looking for people who want to be part of the change with us! Azalea is a multidisciplinary project, so we are looking for people from all areas. If you want to join the team fill the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible!