In summer 2019 Hungary was the first in our region to host this international event held between universities and surrounded by high public attention. As the main professional subject matter, the Hungarian organiser emphasised solutions aimed at the renovation of the existing building stock. It posed a number of new challenges to the competitors: the application of local recycled materials, the high-level integration of solar photovoltaic and solar cell systems, the issue and solution of the summer overheating of buildings, bioclimatic planning and nature-based solutions, as well as the use of high performance composite materials. The event was held at the ÉMI Szentendre Industrial Park, including the fourteen days of the competition and the extended exhibition of two months.
The employees of ÉMI Non-profit Llc. paid special attention to the previous Solar Decathlon competitions, especially after the successful participation of Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Madrid in 2012. Involving the organisation acting as the professional supervisor of the Company, a decision was made for ÉMI to enter the tender for the organisation rights of the upcoming Solar Decathlon competition with the realisation venue in the town of Szentendre.
In early 2017 the brand owner of Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy of the United signed an agreement with Energy Endeavour Foundation, headquartered in the Netherlands, according to which EEF performes the “brand guardian” tasks related to Solar Decathlon as a stewardship body, arranges the tendering process to select the organising city and provides direct professional support to the selected one, while it also follows up and monitors the preparation and implementation of the competition.
The partnership-based consortium led by ÉMI Non-profit Llc. submitted its application in March 2017 to the Call for Cities published by EEF to select the “host city” of the European competition in 2019.
The applications of the candidate host cities were assessed by an international jury, which considered the Hungarian application the best so Szentendre can host the internationally renowned and popular event in 2019.
The launch of SDE19 competition was officially announced on 19th September 2017. It was on this day that EEF and its organising partners signed the joint Memorandum of Understanding of Solar Decathlon Europe 2019. The document was signed by Mr. Márton Dauner, CEO of ÉMI, Mr. Miklós Verseghi-Nagy, Mayor of Szentendre, dr. János Józsa, rector of BME and Ms. Louise Holloway, Director of Energy Endeavour Foundation.