Solar Decathlon

A team of students from the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra Institute are designing and building a Net Zero Energy home powered by solar energy.

Solar Decathlon China is hosted by the US Department of Energy, the Chinese National Energy Administration and Peking University. The challenge is to design, build and operate an advanced and appealing solar-powered house that is not only energy efficient but also cost effective to build. 

Team UOW’s Illawarra Flame house retrofit will compete against 24 teams from 14 different countries around the world in the finals of the 2013 Solar Decathlon China. Team UOW's entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon represents the biggest student-run competition the University of Wollongong has entered. Team UOW is the first team from an Australian university to ever win a place in a Solar Decathlon final.

The Illawarra Flame house will be built in Wollongong and then shipped to Datong, China, to compete alongside other entries during a two-week display period in August 2013. 

By transforming an unsustainable fibro house into a sustainable, attractive & efficient home, Team UOW is shaping Australia’s housing future!

Follow our progress and get involved!

Visit our website here or contact Diwas Rimal at to get involved!

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