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Renewable Energy Innovation at the Solar Decathlon

Fresh ideas, sustainable materials, passive and active solar, green walls, expandability, and much more from the fertile minds of students competing at the 2013 Solar Decathlon.

Innovation, sustainability, and more at the 2013 Solar Decathlon
Team Capitol DC’s HARVEST HOME in the 2013 Solar Decathlon (Catholic University of America, George Washington University, American University, Washington, D.C.).
Photo Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Nineteen houses, designed, built, and lived in by college and university students...and all producing more energy than they consume. That was the spectacle in early October of 2013 in Irvine, California, when the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon came to town. Since 2002, the contest has been inspiring and helping train the next generation of clean energy architects, engineers, and entrepreneurs. In this version, nineteen teams from colleges and universities around the world competed to design, build, and operate the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. There were ten contests over ten days that gauged each house’s performance, livability, and affordability.

Click here to download a PDF of an article featuring the winners.


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