The Moroccan city of Benguerir will host in September 2019, the first African edition of the Solar Decathlon, organized by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Research Institute of Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN).
Created at the initiative of the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Solar Decathlon is an international competition for green buildings, open to multidisciplinary university teams.
In an academic setting and over a period of 18 months to 2 years, the participating teams design, build and then operate solar-powered, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes. The competition rewards the best solar home project evaluated during a dozen events.
Solar Decathlon Africa aims to enable more than one thousand university students, including African, to gain practical experience and know-how in the field of sustainable construction, energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energies in building.
This first edition of “Solar Decathlon Africa” will, according to the organizers, build capacity at the national and continental levels, build sustainable homes with high energy and environmental performance adapted to the African continent, improve energy efficiency in the region building sector, and to ensure the financial sustainability of green building projects.
The interest and the particularity of this edition resides in the multidisciplinarity of the participating teams which are formed of students coming from various specialties like the electrical engineering, the mechanical engineering, the civil engineering, or the architecture and belonging to 54 universities in more from 20 countries.
The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and the Solar Energy and New Energy Research Institute have selected the twenty multidisciplinary university teams, representing 20 countries that will participate in this first edition of the Solar Decathlon Africa.