U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Technologies Program – News
Maryland Takes the Communications Contest at Solar Decathlon
October 16, 2007
The University of Maryland took first place in Solar Decathlon's communications contest on October 16th, earning 98.2 points out of 100. Santa Clara University came in second with 92.45 points, followed by Pennsylvania State University at 90.4 points. The communications competition is the second of the ten contests that are held as part of the Solar Decathlon. In this competition, each university is judged on how easy to navigate and engaging their Web pages, and how consistently and clearly the teams communicate their visions, processes and results through their Web pages and student-led tours.
The communications competition counts for 100 out of the 1,200 total possible points in the competition. The architecture competition, which was announced on October 15th, was won by Germany's Technische Universität Darmstadt, and was worth 200 points. Eight competitions remain, including engineering, market viability, lighting, comfort, appliances, hot water, energy balance, and the ability to power a solar car with their home. The lighting contest, which is worth 100 points, will be announced on October 17th. The overall winner will be announced on October 19th.
The Solar Decathlon is a competition involving 20 university teams from across the world designing and building homes that are completely powered and heated by solar energy. It is sponsored by the DOE; DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory; the American Institute of Architects; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; the National Association of Homebuilders; the U.S. Green Building Council; and private-sector sponsors BP and Sprint. See the DOE press release and the Solar Decathlon Web site for daily updates, current standings and high-resolution photos.