UMD Solar Decathlon Team
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The 2017 Solar Decathlon Competition challenges teams to demonstrate the best blend of affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The University of Maryland’s 2017 entry features innovative engineering and design elements. The goal is to develop technologies and diverse design concepts and prototypes that empower people to live more independent lifestyles while promoting comfort, awareness, and beauty. The UMD Team is also working with two indigenous communities in Bylas, Arizona, and in northern Minnesota, who are committed to creating new sustainable communities of several hundred homes. The UMD Team’s design will therefore accommodate modifications for climate, local building materials, and other cultural variations.