University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main enters Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main is called Ontop. Image: Raphael Ellensohn.
The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main is called Ontop. Image: Raphael Ellensohn.

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main has had its application accepted to participate in the international Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition being held next year in Versailles, France.

The university’s participating team, called Ontop, will compete against 19 other university teams from Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the US.

As part of the bi-annual competition — which was organised by the French Ministry for Equality and the areas of housing, the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the US Department of Energy — each team will be awarded €100,000 (US$133,000) by the organisers to help finance the development of a solar powered building which will feature several sustainable elements.

During the design phase, the teams must consider their city and built environment within the design including architectural and constructional aspects.

The teams will present their projects during a two week exhibition in Versailles where the jury and the public will be able to see the prototypes.

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