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. 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 society.
The Azalea UPV Team represents the Universitat Politècnica de València at Solar Decathlon Europe competition. The UPV is one of the most important 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 Azalea UPV Team was born in 2017 to participate in Solar Decathlon Europe 2019. 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 we will be back at the new edition of Solar Decathlon 2021, to be held in the German city of Wuppertal, with the Escalà project. This new project will be developed by a multidisciplinary team made up of more than 30 students and recent graduates from 16 different degrees who share the same objective: to change the way we live.