Sunday, October 18, 2009

Team Germany Wins Solar Decathlon

Team Germany's solar house. Photo credit: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
The Solar Decathlon in the National Mall at Washington, DC, is over. Team Germany won the contest, scoring 908.29 points out of a possible 1,000.

The team from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked 2nd with 897.30 points, and Team California from Santa Clara University's California College of the Arts was 3rd with 863.08 points.

Team Germany, from Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, achieved a perfect 150 score in the heavily-weighted net metering category of the contest. Throughout the event, the team's house produced more energy than it consumed.

The application process has begun for the next Solar Decathlon, to be held in 2011.

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