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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 is composed by more of 45 students and recent graduates who feel passionate about design excellence and energy efficiency. We come from 16 different degrees, going from architecture to multiple engineerings or audiovisual communication among others. We are one of the 11 selected teams among worldwide Universities which will compete on the fourth european edition of the Solar Decathlon international competition. For that, we propose our project Azalea, a project created thanks to the multidisciplinarity of the team that supports it. Inspired by our culture and traditions, we are creating a new dwelling that will redefine the city of Valencia. Having all this in mind, and together with our desire of doing something unique, we work tirelessly to obtain the best results at the competition.