Morocco: Benguerir hosts first African Solar Decathlon

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Posted on 28.02.2019 at 19:18 by APA News

The city of Benguerir (258 km south of Rabat) will host the first African edition of Solar Decathlon in September 2019, on the initiative of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Research Institute of Solar Energy and New Energies (Iresen) .Created on the initiative of the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Solar Decathlon is an international competition for green buildings, open to multidisciplinary university teams. In an academic setting and over a period of 18 months to 2 years, the participating teams design, build and then operate solar-powered, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes.

The competition rewards the best achievement of solar home evaluated during a dozen events.

According to the organizers of the event, "the teams participating in Solar Decathlon Africa have as their goal the design and construction of sustainable homes with high energy performance, ecological and using solar energy as the sole source of energy. The competition will be closed by a major event hosted in the solar village of the Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings and Smart Grid research platform: Green & Smart Building Park, on the fringes of which the houses will be evaluated by an international jury while the solar village will be visited by the general public.

This African edition will see the participation of 20 multidisciplinary university teams gathering 54 multidisciplinary universities representing 20 different countries. They will compete for the construction of the best solar house that will be evaluated according to 10 criteria: Architecture; engineering and construction; commercial interest; comfort conditions; Appliances ; sustainability; entertainment; communication; energy balance; innovation. Each team will be evaluated at the base of these ten events rated each out of 100. The team cumulating the most points will be crowned laureate.

Solar Decathlon Africa aims to enable more than one thousand university students, including African, to gain practical experience and know-how in the field of sustainable construction, energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energies in building. This event also makes a strong contribution to research and development in these same fields by putting participating students in competition and pushing them towards more creativity and innovation to stand out and achieve excellence.

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