About SDE 21/22

The Solar Decathlon Europe Competition: A once in a lifetime experience

Initiated in 2002 by the United States Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon (SD) is a university-level student competition for resource-responsible and energy-efficient architecture and engineering in the building sector. The competition challenges universities from all over the world to design, build and operate a solar-powered and energetically self-sufficient home equipped with advanced technologies, and designed to the highest standards of sustainability.

The Energy Endeavour Foundation, with the designated SDE21>>22 Host City, Wuppertal, Germany solicited proposals from post-secondary educational institutions that not only address participation in the Competition but also include a research and development (R&D) component to achieve this critical outcome.

The 10 Contests

Who gets the highest score in all 10 contests, wins the competition!

Get the highest score and win the competition! The Solar Decathlon Europe competition consists of 10 contests. The student team that achieves the highest combined score will win! In this edition, 5 of the 10 contests focused on the urban challenges. The other 5 contests focused on the Architecture, Communication, Comfort, Sustainability and Energy Performance. Click on one of the videos below and find out what each contest is about!

Find out how SUM performed!

The Solar Decathlon Europe competition consists of 10 contests. The student team that achieves the highest combined score will win! Find out how we performed on each contest.

Total Points
793.00 / 1000.00
1. CESA Award
64.01 / 80.00
2. Affordability & Viability Award - 1st Place
90.00 / 100.00
3. Engineering & Construction Award
94.00 / 120.00
4. Sustainability Award - 3rd Place
85.00 / 100.00
5. Energy Performance Award - 2nd Place
95.34 / 120.00
6. Comfort Award
81.13 / 100.00
7. House Functioning Award
76.67 / 80.00
8. Urban Mobility Award - 3rd Place
73.50 / 80.00
9. Architecture Award
72.00 / 120.00
10. Innovation Award
62.00 / 100.00
The Student Teams

Meet all the participating student teams

SUM competed with 17 student teams from 11 different countries in the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition. Together, we are all transfering knowledge, research and experiment in the field of renewable energy and solar energy. Let's build a sustainable future together! Meet the teams!

Symbiotic Urban Movement Logo
Aura logo
Azalea Logo
Hive Logo
Collab Logo
Efden Logo
First Life Logo
House for All Logo
Level Up Logo
Local+ Logo
Lungs of the city
MiMo Logo
Roofkit Logo
Sab Logo
Urbaan Logo
Virtue Logo
X4S Logo
Deeply High
Delft Solar Decathlon

Delft University of Technology: Creating impact for a better society

The Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university, located in Randstad in the Netherlands. TU Delft being an internationally oriented university is reflected well in SUM, since its members originate from more than 19 different countries.

The participation in the Solar Decathlon (Europe) is strategically integrated into the curriculum and the broader strategy of the university. According to the TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024, the TU Delft desires to strengthen their partnerships and increase their involvement in societal challenges and international developments. Their ambition is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the TU Delft strives to create an impact for a better society.

The TU Delft Strategic Framework defines impact as: “For us, impact can take many forms and can be found everywhere: from technological breakthroughs and practical applications to intangible cultural value and education; from political, social, economic, and environmental changes to the intrinsic value that society assigns to knowledge itself.” The vision of TU Delft is to contribute to solving the global challenges by combining science, engineering and design.

The Legacy

Delft Solar Decathlon:
A legacy of student teams

The Delft Solar Decathlon teams brings together students, researchers, professors and professionals, developing innovative and future-proof technologies. The Delft Solar Decathlon is envisioned as a learning and researching laboratory, where students, researchers, teachers and professors come together. The SDE prototypes are the result of an intense work and research towards sustainable and innovative solutions. This is possible through intense collaboration and cooperation. To this day, many TU Delft students and teachers have worked, are still working together, on the SDE prototypes.

The vision of Delft Solar Decathlon

Our aim is to document, maintain and spread this goldmine of information within our TU Delft SDE Teams. The Delft Solar Decathlon is envisioned as the legal entity that Solar Decathlon teams conduct their business with, saving new teams the intensive administrative work that comes with the establishment.

By connecting with researchers and education from the TU Delft, the goal is set to make the prototypes the practictal experimentation ground that enables students and professionals to learn about creating a future proof built environment.

Meet the Delft Solar Decathlon Legacy

The Delft Solar Decathlon legacy now consists of three student teams: Prêt-à-Loger (2014), MOR (2019), and SUM (2022). Prêt-à-Loger developed a renovation strategy for the typical Dutch row houses, MOR created a renovation strategy for empty office buildings. Currently, in the third episode of TU Delft's participation in the Solar Decathlon Europe, SUM is working on a renovation strategy for 847,000 tenement flats. These solutions and renovation strategies shows how many opportunities the Solar Decathlon offers to students and companies to contribute to innovation within the built environment.