Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon

Implementation of a Technical Dashboard

Client Work
TÜV Rheinland

During the solar decathlon, universities from around the globe are competing against one another in a variety of disciplines centered around solar energy, energy efficiency and sustainability. For the 2019 edition, TÜV Rheinland was tasked with installing and managing the sensors, which would measure the team's success throughout the competition. We were commissioned by them, to build an interactive dashboard, allowing participants, judges and the public to follow along the competition.

The dashboard is not only providing insights into the ranking, but it is also setting the team's sensor-output in context with environmental information. Turning the dashboard into an exploratory analysis tool. In order to enable users to reuse the information from the dashboard, they can also export the data or download the visualisations for further use.

Design and layout was provided by the client.

Competition Map: Over the course of 10 days, 14 teams from around the globe showed their approaches for a sustainable future. Performance measures through spider graphs Contextualizing the teams' performance through environmental data: The dashbaord provided real-time insights into the teams' progress and performance throughout the event. Comparing Teams in different phases of the event


VISLAB is transforming data and information into engaging interactive experiences: from data visualisations, to interactive exhibits, to information portals. Throughout our process: from ideation, to conception, to development, we are taking advantage of user-centered design and user research principles, trying to align innovative technological solutions with actual user needs. Beyond project conception and development, we are also consulting clients and organizing workshops on user-centered design and data visualization.

Sebastian Meier is the founder and lead of VISLAB. Sebastian has a background in Design, HCI and Data Visualisation. He teaches at HafenCity University Hamburg as a guest professsor, is one of the founders of Maptime Berlin and is heading the German Cartographic Society's commission for cartography and research.

Most of VISLAB's projects are collaborations with a network of research institutes, companies and experts across the domains of design, web-development, data science and visualisation.