Innovation Shines at China and U.S. Solar Decathlons

The wait is over as 20 student teams from 35 universities across 13 countries on six continents have officially arrived in Datong, China for the first-ever Solar Decathlon held in Asia.  The China Solar Decathlon runs from August 2-11 and challenges college teams to complete against one-another to design and build an energy-efficient home that is attractive, affordable and ready for occupancy.

Applied Materials vice president of Communications and Public Affairs, Joe Pon receives a tour of a solar house at the China Solar Decathlon.
Applied Materials vice president of Communications and Public Affairs, Joe Pon receives a tour of a solar house at the China Solar Decathlon.

The China event and its companion U.S. competition work to showcase student innovators as they engineer the home of the future.

Check out the China teams’ videos and website to explore the program’s exciting intersection of creativity, engineering, and energy efficiency.  

Watch the build-up to the upcoming U.S.-based Solar Decathlon held in Irvine, California this year from October 3-13. Applied is a long-time supporter of the U.S. Solar Decathlon and the Applied Materials Foundation is pleased to support two college teams close to our Silicon Valley Headquarters – Stanford University and Santa Clara University.

To learn more about Stanford’s architectural design, which centers on a core that powers the house while empowering its residents, check out the recent TEDx Stanford presentation below. And, don’t miss Santa Clara Raising the Roof on its Radiant House.

Applied Materials is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy, China’s National Energy Administration, and Peking University to launch the China Decathlon, which originated in January 2011 as the result of a Sino-U.S. bilateral agreement between government leaders in China and the U.S. to improve economic and environmental conditions in both countries and around the world. 

Best of luck to all the student competitors as they put their skills and ingenuity to the ultimate test and demonstrate how solar can become a part of daily life everywhere.  We look forward to following the competitions and being inspired by these budding clean tech leaders of the future!

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