SDE editions

Celebrating its diversity, the Solar Decathlon Europe emphasises our responses to complex urban issues through the development of energy-efficient and resource-responsible design concepts. Participating teams distinguish themselves by putting their designs into a broad social and urban perspective, with the aim of shaping the cities of our future.

‘My participation in the SDE19 was a wonderful opportunity on both professional and personal level. This experience has opened the doors for me to a wider network of interdisciplinary actors in the field of environmentally conscious design. My SDE journey was an unforgettable adventure, and I would encourage everyone to take part in.’

● Denitsa Hristova, student team leader of Habiter2030 that took 1st place at SDE19 © private

from madrid up to wuppertal

After the first Solar Decathlon events in the U.S., growing European interest and involvement led to a 2008 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Spain. Spanish governmental officials signed to host the Solar Decathlon Europe in 2010 and 2012, the first Solar Decathlons beyond American soil. In 2012, the French government signed with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to host the SDE14 in Versailles.

Since 2016, the Energy Endeavour Foundation has been endorsed by the U.S. DOE and entrusted to foster the continuity and vitality of the Solar Decathlon Europe. The SDE19 took place 2019 in Szentendre, Hungary, the first city in central Europe to host an SDE event (read our experience report here).

The SDE21 in Wuppertal hosts the Solar Decathlon Europe for the first time in Germany, with a new urban profile. Many of the eighteen international Teams competing in Wuppertal have experience from previous Solar Decathlon editions, and others will compete for the first time. 

from madrid up to wuppertal

● © SDE19 | ÉMI Non profit Ltd.

Solar decathlon europe 2019 szentendre, hungary

● Solar Village

● EMÍ Szentendre Industrial Park

● 10 teams

● 8 countries, 3 continents

1st: Team Habiter2030

National School of Architecture and Landscape of Lille & partners, France

2nd: Team MOR

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

3rd: Team Over4

Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest & Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania

● © SDE14 | Valeria Anzolin

Solar decathlon europe 2014 versailles, france

● La Cité du Soleil

● Château du Versailles area

● 20 teams

● 16 countries, 4 continents

1st: Team RHOME for deCITY

Roma Tre University, Italy

2nd: Team Atlantic Challenge

School of Architecture of Nantes & École Centrale de Nantes & École Supérieure du Bois, France

3rd: Team Prêt-à-Loger

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

● © SDE12 | Energy Endeavour Foundation

Solar decathlon europe 2012 
madrid, spain

● Villa Solar

● Puerta del Ángel area

● 18 teams

● 11 countries, 3 continents

1st: Team Canopea

École Nationale Supérieure D’Architecture de Grenoble, France

2nd: Team Patio 2.12

University of Seville & University of Jaén & University of Granada & University of Málaga, Spain

3rd: Team Med in Italy

Roma Tre University & Sapienza University of Rome & Free University of Bozen-Bolzano & Fraunhofer Italia, Italy

● © SDE10 | Javier Alonso Huerta

Solar decathlon europe 2010 
madrid, spain

● Villa Solar

● Manzanares Riverbank

● 17 teams

● 7 countries, 3 continents

1st: Team LumenHAUS

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

2nd: Team IKARUS

Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany

3rd: Team home+

University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany

knowledge platform

The competition now exists in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. Detailed information about all competitions can be found in our knowledge platform.

SDE editions