History of the Competition
In an effort to spur innovation in the energy industry Richard King, in the year 2000, created a new competition to challenge the best and brightest students to design and build completely self-sufficient houses that would redefine how people could energise their lives. The Solar Decathlon organisers, teams, and sponsors dedicated their own energies to securing a brighter energy future by creating and participating in this hugely successful first competition.
Since the first competition in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has expanded internationally to include four additional worldwide competitions: Solar Decathlon China, Solar Decathlon Europe, Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean, and now Solar Decathlon Middle East. With its continued success in the US, competitions have been held biannually since 2002.
Over these years the competition has showcased an amazing array of innovative renewable energy and sustainable technologies with a reputation as the most outstanding student-led design competition in the world. It seeks to further creative thinking and applied training and highlights the benefits of sustainable design to the community.
The Ten Contests
The Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 has adapted some of the traditional contest areas to challenge the teams to adapt their designs to the heat, dust and high humidity that is experienced in the Middle East. Contests are either Measured based on predetermined metrics or Juried where teams must explain their concept to a panel of experienced judges.
Since the inception of the Solar Decathlon in 2002 there have been 224 teams who have competed (not including current competitions) from 40 different countries.
The countries highlighted in red indicate where competing teams have come from, with the areas marked in blue as those who have most recently joined in current competitions.