Peking University will undertake the 2013 Solar Decathlon, a world-class collegiate teams’ competition that closely ties solar energy, emission reduction and architecture design. It will be the first time that this global competition takes place in Asia.
This event was announced after the signing of a memorandum of understanding in America on January 18 between the U.S. Department of Energy, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), Peking University, and Applied Materials, Inc. This memorandum was one of the many agreements on energy issues that were signed between China and the U.S. during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s official state visit in January.
Solar Decathlon China will be hosted by China’s NEA and undertaken by PKU. Associate Dean Dongxiao Zhang and Professor Pingrong Yu of the College of Engineering at PKU participated in the signing ceremony, alongside Guobao Zhang, vice director of China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and director of China NEA, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Jane Lubchenco.
The signing ceremony
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has occurred biennially since 2005. Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has involved 92 collegiate teams and established a worldwide reputation as a successful educational program and workforce development opportunity for thousands of students. The next event will take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., in fall 2011.