Credit: Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon



Solar Decathlon competition shows a variety of cool green tech and energy management solutions we will soon see in our homes ... perhaps regularly.
Maryland WaterShed Home
Purdue INhome
New Zealand First Light
Appalachian State Solar Homestead
Middlebury College Self-Reliance
Parsons New School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology Empowerhouse
Ohio State enCORE
SCI Arch & CalTech CHIP house
Florida International perFORM[D]ance House
Illinois Re_Home
Team Massachusetts 4D Home
Team New Jersey ENJOY House
Team New York Solar Roofpod
Tennessee Living Light Home
Tidewater Virginia Unit6
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Appalachian State Solar Homestead

The People’s Choice Award winner features outbuilding modules inspired by lean-to sheds that link to form sheltered outdoor living and work space and help to power the Solar Homestead. Forty-two bifacial photovoltaic panels supply solar energy while providing filtered daylight and protection from the elements. An on-demand solar thermal domestic hot water system that uses phase-change materials to provide constant water temperature in compact storage. And a Trombe filled with phase-change material stores heat throughout the day and releases it at night.

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