Solar Decathlon


April 10th, 2011

Yesterday marked the end of the 2009 Solar Decathlon.  The event “joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.”  The Solar Decathlon is an educational project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  It takes place each year on the national mall in Washington D.C.  You can learn more about the event at the  Solar Decathlon’s site.

Soldec-germany

We’re obliged to share this year’s winning design by Team Germany:

Soldec-cornell

I was disappointed to see that the University of Texas didn’t enter this year.  Since we couldn’t root for our alma mater, we were behind Cornell’s cor-ten steel silos.  No prize for them this year, but still a nice design in our book.