Solar Decathlon Europe has been nominated in the category of ?Communication? in the ?Sustainable Energy Europe Award Competition 2011?. The Awards Ceremony was held on the 12th April in Brussels in the framework of the ?European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2011? (from the11th to 15 th April).

These awards (organized by the European Commission through the platform of network and communication Sustainable Energy Europe) rewarded, in its fifth year, the best projects in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, clean transport and / or alternative fuels. The six categories of awards are: communication, learning, living, producing, consuming and travelling. 309 projects have competed in this year?s Award Competition, and only 24, four per category were in the final.

And we can happily announce that SDE has won the award!

The jury said that Solar Decathlon Europe merits this distinction for:

  •  Providing an excellent learning experience to university students and therefore fostering the research and innovation skills of European youth.
  •  Showing the potential of collaboration between the public sphere and the business world ? especially in the task of designing and building sustainable homes with cutting-edge technologies.
  •  Creating a public space where more than 200,000 people could witness sustainable energy ?in action?. This has also attracted a great interest from the media.

This prize highlights the important work that SDE carries out on disseminating and educating people in the implementation and use of renewable energy in building, and the need for energy efficient building.