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Second Bauhaus.SOLAR AWARD 2011 offered!

European next generation prize worth €15,000 / Submission of documents by 30th June 2011

(PresseBox) (Erfurt, ) After the great success last year, the Europe wide next generation competition for the Bauhaus.SOLAR AWARD will also be announced in 2011. The prize will be awarded on 8th November as part of the 4th International Bauhaus.SOLAR Congress in Erfurt.

"Economically, the integration of regenerative energy generation in the design of buildings and urban structures will only have a successful future if it succeeds in impressing the next generation of architecture and design and finding aesthetical solutions," explains Dr. Hubert Aulich, chief executive of SolarInput. "Here, the Bauhaus.SOLAR AWARD offers a public forum for the active collaboration in developing future-forward concepts in design, architecture, town planning and thus sets a important marker for European architecture," says Michael Frielinghaus, Chairman of the board and President of the Association of German Architects (BDA).

In 2011, the Bauhaus.SOLAR AWARD will be offered for the second time. The next generation prize is aimed at students at all European design and architecture courses and designers and architects who have finished their studies within the last 2 years. It recognises excellent architecture and design projects which show an innovative use of renewable energies while incorporating solar power. The central interest of the competition is reconciling the design-based and functional demands on architecture, town planning, landscape planning and product design with the ecological and energetic requirements. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and experimental handling of materials and technical possibilities, new visionary ideas for resource saving technologies should be developed.

The prize offers the next generation the opportunity to present designs, projects and innovations to the public and companies. It can be an excellent springboard into the professional world and offers manifold opportunities for establishing contact with renowned experts. The Bauhaus.SOLAR AWARD is worth a total of €15,000 in prize money and is donated by SolarInput e.V., Solarvalley Mitteldeutschland e.V., from the Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar) as well as the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). In 2010, more than 90 participants from 10 countries entered the prize.

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Since 1993, SolarInput has managed the network of Thuringian solar companies, service providers, research and education institutions as well as local authorities and supports the strategic cross-sector networking and regional anchoring of the solar sector as well as the use of solar technology on-site. SolarInput is part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research cluster of excellence Solar Valley Central Germany, the internally leading photovoltaics cluster, as well as the organiser of the international and scientific Bauhaus.SOLAR conferences.