Rueil-Malmaison (France), July 26, 2011 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, announced today that it is expanding its sponsorship of the Solar Decathlon through at least 2013, including Solar Decathlon US in September 2011, Solar Decathlon Europe in 2012 and Solar Decathlon China in 2013.
Created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), the Solar Decathlon competition challenges students from leading universities worldwide to design, build and operate energy-efficient solar-powered houses. The houses are built over a ten-days period in a solar village open to the public in a major international city. The houses designed by the students use the most innovative environmentally responsible building and energy management technologies to ensure affordability, consumer appeal and energy efficiency.
“By continuing to sponsor the Solar Decathlon, Schneider Electric is sharing its knowledge and resources with a new generation committed to meeting today’s energy challenges,” said Karen Ferguson, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources at Schneider Electric. “As a partner of the initiative since 2005, we are proud to help promote innovative, efficient solutions to curb energy waste, promote clean energies and encourage environmentally responsible energy use.”
As the Solar Decathlon’s sole partner from the energy management sector, Schneider Electric is supporting the event both by deploying solutions across the solar village, including a micro-grid and chargers for the electric vehicle, and in each house built by the student teams, up to and including centralized management of all energy. The Group’s involvement takes various forms, ranging from technical support and solutions integration to production donations and participation by volunteers.
Upcoming Solar Decathlon competitions
> 2011: Solar Decathlon US (Washington, D.C.)
The Solar Decathlon US will be held at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. from September 21 to October 2, 2011. Twenty teams, from US mainly, but also from Belgium, Canada, China and New Zealand will take part. Schneider Electric will support ten of the projects submitted and will be taking advantage of the event to showcase charging solutions for electric vehicles and a proprietary tool for remote management of the village’s energy. The results will be accessible in real time on the official DoE Website and at Schneider Electric's global headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France, via an energy use scorecard.
> 2012: Solar Decathlon Europe (Madrid, Spain)
The Solar Decathlon Europe will be held in September 2012 in Madrid, Spain and will host teams of students from more than 15 countries from all continents. Electric vehicles and their charging solutions will be showcased in the solar village. The Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 will also focus specifically on demand response technology, in order to educate the public about smart grid developments.
> Solar Decathlon China 2013 (Beijing, China)
In 2013, for the first time in its history, the Solar Decathlon will be held in Asia, in central Beijing, China’s capital. The first Asian edition was made official in January, during Chinese President HU Jintao’s official visit to the United States, with the signature of a Memorandum Of Understanding between the U.S. DoE, China’s National Energy Administration and Peking University.
To learn more about:
• Schneider Electric’s commitment:
• Solar Decathlon US: www.solardecathlon.gov
• Solar Decathlon Europe: en.sdeurope.org
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential buildings, Data centers & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 20 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.