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Germany Takes Top Honors in Solar Decathlon

Team Germany--led by students from Technische Universitat Darmstadt--won top overall honors in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, the Department of Energy announced Friday. Second place, overall, went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and third place went to Team California, which was a partnership of Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts.

Houses built for the decathlon are still open for free tours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the second straight time that a German team won the overall prize. According to DOE, the team's "Cube House" design--which was covered on all sides by shiny, black solar panels--produced a surplus of electricity even during three days of rain. The ability to feed the most solar-generated electricity back into Pepco's electric grid was the most heavily weighted challenge of the 10 categories that made up the this year's decathlon.

Team Germany earned 908.29 points out of a possible 1,000 in the overall competition. U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earned 897.30, and Team California earned 863.08 points.

Winners in other categories:

APPLIANCES: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ARCHITECTURE: Team California

COMFORT ZONE: (indoor temp and humidity) Team Germany

COMMUNICATIONS: (Web site, tours, etc.) Team California

ENGINEERING: (energy systems design, efficiency, innovation and reliability) University of Minnesota

HOME ENTERTAINMENT:(powering TV & computer, cooking, hosting guests) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

HOT WATER: (15 gallons delivered in 10 minutes or less) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LIGHTING DESIGN: University of Minnesota

MARKET VIABILITY: (Cost-effective construction and technology; market appeal) University of Louisiana at Lafayette

NET METERING: Team Germany.


By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 16, 2009; 3:36 PM ET
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Video of the winning team and others: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/team-germany-wins-2009-solar-decathlon-video.php

Posted by: benharper2 | October 16, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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