The RISD/Brown/Erfurt Solar Decathlon team has been hard at work this break, hosting a conference and workshop in Germany. Allison Chen from the team reached out to us to share some of their recent work.
On Tuesday, March 26th, the RISD/Brown/Erfurt Solar Decathlon team invited energy and construction industry representatives to a meeting at the Fachhochschul in Germany to discuss sponsorship for the 2014 competition in Versailles, France.
In the morning, the students presented their design process in German and English, and introduced the three institutions they represent. After a Q & A session and a short lunch, each representative joined a group with one German student and one American student to give specific feedback and recommendations.
One company representative described the team as having extraordinary “spirit,” and the energy between the members as exciting. Sasha Azbel (RISD MArch ’14), says, “I think this is where ingenuity and innovation come from in the real world, when different people from different backgrounds, from corporations and academia come together and offer this one time and space to talk about ideas.”
The team is currently following-up with the companies to involve them in the R&D process.
About the Solar Decathon
The Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges twenty collegiate teams to design, build, and operate a solar-powered house. RISD is participating in Solar Decathlon Europe that will be held in Versailles, France in the summer of 2014. They had the category of Innovation, which was not a category in the United States Solar Decathlon. RISD, Brown, and the University of Erfurt are collaborating together on this project.
If you are a current student and are interested in participating, please email them at
Posted by Carly Ayres | Date Posted: 32 March, 2013