Monday, October 08, 2007

solar decathlon: oct 12th

The Solar Decathlon begins this Friday (October 12th), in Washington DC at the National Mall (open to the public) and runs through October 20th. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a competition challenging 20 college teams from around the world to build the most energy efficient functional home model. Below is a slideshow of concept designs from all 20 competing universities. I think as a resident of Boulder, Colorado it looks like this years entry from U of C is in the top for the winning entry.....that would make it 3 years running.

Criteria of the winning team will be based upon powering appliances, an electric car, lighting and functionality for the home...all this using just the energy given off by the sun and collected with photovoltaic systems.

(Love the new slideshow feature?)

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