EFdeN and Energy Endeavour Foundation (EEF) on April 8 organized a press conference during which they officially announced Bucharest qualification as host city of the event Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 – international competition of solar-powered houses. The event was also attended by Energy Minister Virgil Popescu.
The Ministry of Energy supported Romania in the competition for the designation of the host city for organizing the Solar Decathlon Europe contest, in 2023.
“Last year we received from an association a letter at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment at the time requesting our support for organization in 2023 of this contest (Solar Decathlon Europe – Ed.). We immediately accessed, we agreed, and the Ministry of Energy joined the efforts to support you to bring this competition in Romania. (…) It is extraordinary that we will have this contest in Romania. I look forward to 2023 to see new houses. These houses should stay here, so that other young students come and see them and be able to take this concept further. The Ministry of Energy, together with the Ministry of Environment and the other colleagues in the Government will get involved. I ask energy companies to get involved with these young people, because they need support,” the Energy Minister said.
Until then, Romania will be represented at the 2021 edition of the international competition, which will take place in Germany, in Wuppertal, by the team of NGO EFdeN, with a new project of solar-powered house that will be developed in the following two years. EFdeN is one of the 18 participating teams in 11 countries, i.e.: Romania, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Thailand, Taiwan, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Hungary.
The group that represents the NGO is the only team in Romania to qualify in three editions of Solar Decathlon: Versailles (2014), Dubai (2018) and Wuppertal (2021).
Solar Decathlon is the most important sustainable housing competition in the world and was born in 2011 in the United States. In 2012, PRISPA team was the first team in Romania to qualify at Solar Decathlon (Madrid edition), and in 2014 the EFdeN team participated in the Versailles edition, with the home that is currently Research Centre for Comfort Conditions.