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Chiao Tung team wins in Europe’s solar decathlon

By Hung Mei-hsiu and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A team from National Chiao Tung University poses in front of its “Orchid House” after winning first and third places at the European Solar Decathlon in Paris on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of National Chiao Tung University

A team from National Chiao Tung University has been shining on the international stage, receiving several placings at the European Solar Decathlon in Paris over the past week.

Called Team Unicode, the group won first place for the Urban Design, Transportation and Affordability Award last Saturday and third place for the Energy Efficiency Award yesterday.

The team’s performance in the Energy Efficiency Award shows that it has gained significant results in its pursuit of sustainable energy and energy conservation, the university said.

The team tied for third place with the Spanish team, while first and second places went to France and the Netherlands respectively.

Citing judge Harrison Fraker’s comments, the university said the team earned its ranking based on its performance in active power conservation.

Judges also commended many of the teams for integrating high-technology to produce simple, but effective passive energy conservation methods, it said.

The designs on passive energy conservation through architectural design and environmental control were indicative of the viability of sustainable energy development for the future, the university said.

Team Unicode member Tseng Sheng-kai (曾聖凱) said the award was an honor for everyone on the team and represented another milestone for Taiwan on energy conservation designs.

The university said the team’s ideas on sustainable city management, coupled with Taiwan’s industrial chain, living and culture and economic development would redefine the concept of sustainability that would best suit the nation.

Team Unicode also placed fourth in the Architectural Design Award and the Engineering and Structure Award, the university said, adding that of the five awards handed out for the decathlon, the university team was in the top three for two.

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