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, twenty 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, is representing Universitat Politècnica de València at Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 which will take place in Hungary. Universitat Politècnica de València is one of the most important technical universities in Spain. With its different campuses (València, Gandia and Alcoy), the UPV offers 48 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.
We are a multidisciplinary team of 30 students and professionals who feel passionate about design excellence and energy efficiency. Inspired by our culture and traditions, we work tirelessly to create a new dwelling that will redefine the city of Valencia. The team’s architects are a group of graduate students of architecture and building engineering who are enthusiasts of bioclimatic design and smart cities. The project’s engineers are graduate and undergraduate students of industrial, energy, automatics, building and mechanical engineering who will accept no less than the targeted levels of efficiency and sustainability. Finally, the communications team is a group of students of audiovisual communications, media content and design engineering. They are the ones responsible of transforming figures and data into appealing material for marketing and social awareness campaigns. Our first goal was to be one of the 16 teams selected worldwide to compete on this event. Now that we are in, we aim to be the best.