Credit: Photo by Jim Tetro/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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Team New York Solar Roofpod

The Solar Roofpod features a rooftop-mounted solar trellis that protects the house from heat gain and is easy to upgrade with new photovoltaic technologies. A micro-inverter for each solar panel optimizes system output. A thermal storage system uses paraffin as the phase-change material to reduce the size of the tank by half. The solar thermal system even performs cooling. A Noveda energy consumption/generation monitor combines with Lutron lighting control system for controlling lights and Schneider Electric for part of the HVAC and home-made systems for linking everything together as well as incorporating windows, blinds, irrigation controls.

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