Created by the initiative of the US Department of Energy in 2002, the solar decathlon is a multi-disciplinary international competition combining architecture, engineering and technological innovation.

The competition invites universities from all the globe to join in the adventure, and offers an opportunity for the students to conceive, design, build and operate a grid-connected solar powered house.

For a period of 2 years, the participants of the 20 teams will have to fulfill the challenge of developing a fully functional prototype house of 100 square metres. The houses must use solar energy as the only energy source and are equipped with all the technologies that permit maximum energy efficiency.

During the final phase of the competition teams assemble their houses in a main expo area, open to the general public, while undergoing the 10 contests of the competition, reason for which this event is called Decathlon. (‘Deca’ derives from Greek and means ten).

The very first edition of the Solar Decathlon took place in Washington DC in 2002 and previous additions have been organized in different areas including the U.S, Europe and China.

Today, we are witnessing the Solar Decathlon 2018 Middle East edition that was created through an agreement signed between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America, in June 2015, in order to organize a sustainable solar houses competition in 2018 in Dubai.

SDME offers the youth a unique opportunity to be a part of a change that is going to affect every single generation. They will learn team work, they will learn communication skills and they will learn collaboration. More importantly they will learn to coexist with other fellow global citizens in one neighborhood.




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