The first Solar Decathlon India challenge launched last year brought in around 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students to compete in net-zero building designs. Winning entries of this 8 month long competition in India, along with those from its US version, were showcased at the meeting organised on August 25.
The meeting was organised by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), and the Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE) celebrated the success of the first Solar Decathlon India challenge and its contribution to boost the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership.
In the first year alone, Solar Decathlon India brought together about 1000 students, who, during the course of the Challenge, demonstrated net-zero designs that are innovative, affordable, and climate-resilient. Going beyond a traditional challenge, Solar Decathlon India bridged the gap between what students knew and what they needed to know with knowledge building and skilling platforms built especially for the initiative. The 2021-22 Challenge is underway with over 90 student teams and more than 1200 students across India.
In the first year, students worked in teams with industry experts as well as faculty, attended courses, and received training to emerge with the final design after 8 to 9 months. This set the template for the competition for the following years.
Nandini Kannan, Executive Director, Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum and Holly Carr, Director of the U.S. Solar Decathlon, also participated in the discussions.