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Virginia Tech Team wins Solar Decathlon Europe 2010

The Virginia Tech and State University team celebrate their win at Solar Decathlon Europe on Sunday.
The Virginia Tech and State University team celebrate their win at Solar Decathlon Europe on Sunday.Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Decathlon Europe wrapped up on Sunday in Barcelona with the announcement of the overall winner as well as online and visitor favorites.

The team of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University took first place overall with their Lumenhaus entry. Second place when to the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim and third to the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences.

The winner of the Public Choice Award were both Spanish entries: the Fablab house from Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluna and the SML House from Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera. Over 190,000 people visited the site over the 10 day competition.

The winner of the web voting contest was Re:focus from University of Florida, which finished 8th overall.

As reported last week, Solar Decathlon Europe (SD Europe) is the result of a memorandum of understanding between the Spanish Ministry of Housing and the U.S. Department of Energy, representing the federal government. The idea for the competition arose when the Universidad Politecnia de Madrid was in Washington for the 2007 Solar Decathlon. Events are being held this year and in 2012, alternating with the years of the North American Solar Decathlon (2009, 2011, and 2013).

Just like the U.S event, SD Europe is an international competition among university students to design and build an innovative solar-powered green home. Seventeen universities from all over Europe, including one from China and the two U.S. schools competed in the 10-event competition.

The next Solar Decathlon will take place in the fall of 2011 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.