The Solar Decathlon China competition will be hosted by NEA and the U.S. Department of Energy, organized by Peking University, and supported by companies including Applied Materials, Inc. of the U.S.Launched in the U.S. in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has been held about every two years. In 2013, China will host the Solar Decathlon competition for the first time. Teams will come from international universities, each designing and building a house that uses solar energy as its sole energy source. The competition will have 10 contests, including ones on energy conservation, architecture, environmental appeal, and energy independence—thus, the “Decathlon” name.
COE Executive Vice Dean Dongxiao Zhang
Guihui Wu, chief engineer of NEA
The ceremony was chaired by Dongxiao Zhang, executive vice dean of the College of Engineering.
During the launch ceremony, Guihui Wu, chief engineer of NEA, recognized the importance of Solar Decathlon and indicated that SD China would demonstrate the importance the Chinese government places on the application of new energy, promotion of low-carbon technologies, China’s responsibilities for carbon emission reduction, and initiatives for green and sustainable development.
The competition will also be a good way to introduce new and advanced energy technologies, promote commercialization in the field of clean energy, and carry out “green, clean, environmental protection” concepts in each Chinese city.
PKU President Qifeng Zhou
PKU President Qifeng Zhou said, “In recent years, China’s new energy industry has made considerable progress in the field. The government’s strong encouragement and support for environment[ally] friendly solutions [has] encouraged an increase in academic research and commercial deployment, spurring industry growth for new energy technologies. The Solar Decathlon China program will advance the level of technology development and application.”
The event also marked the launch of the official website for SDhttp://www.sdchina.org/en/Default.aspx.