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French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe With Canopea House!
Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 1, 2012 @ 5:15 pm In Architecture,Features,Solar Decathlon | 1 Comment
Big news out of Madrid, Spain: French university Team Rhône-Alpes has won the 2012 European Solar Decathlon with their stunning solar Canopea House! Leading the Solar Decathlon competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy to run all of the electricity on both floors and charge up a mini electric vehicle at the same time! The Canopea house was designed for modularity and was specifically engineered so that it can be stacked into 'nanotowers' to provide high density housing, addressing the need for sustainable urban housing in the alpine corridor.
1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 
2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 
3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 
4. ECOLAR by Team Germany 
5. Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University 
6. ODOO Project by Team Hungary 
In the first week of the 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid , competition was touch and go, but with their stunning solar Canopea house  the students from France have kept a fairly constant lead since winning the architecture and operations categories. Not only has with their stunning solar Canopea House ! demonstrated remarkable engineering skills, but they’ve displayed consistent leadership in virtually every category.
Team Rhône-Alpes  received a whopping 120 points for architecture, 116.85 for functionality and 86.70 for sustainability for the two-story Canopea home prototype  topped by a crown of PV panels. However, Team Rhône-Alpes ‘ specially designed ‘nanotower concept’  could scale up both horizontally and vertically to create whole neighborhoods of Canopeas , which is something that the judges took into consideration. The final scores haven’t been released yet, but since today’s win hinged on innovation, we’re not at all surprised to see the team from France take first place. Congratulations to Team Rhône-Alpes  for their much-deserved win!
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URLs in this post:
 2012 European Solar Decathlon : http://inhabitat.com/the-european-solar-decathlon-starts-today/
 Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes: http://inhabitat.com/modular-canopea-house-by-team-rhone-alpes-has-a-crown-of-dappled-light/
 Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia: http://inhabitat.com/team-andalucians-solar-decathlon-patio-house-creates-a-relaxing-courtyard-environment-with-a-modular-design/
 MED in Italy by Team Italy: http://inhabitat.com/super-efficient-med-in-italy-house-takes-the-lead-at-the-2012-solar-decathlon-europe/
 ECOLAR by Team Germany: http://inhabitat.com/germanys-hemp-insulated-ecolar-house-scoops-the-solar-decathlon-engineering-prize/
 Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University: http://inhabitat.com/a-revolving-curtain-shades-germanys-counter-entropy-house-at-the-solar-decathlon/
 ODOO Project by Team Hungary: http://inhabitat.com/vertical-and-rooftop-solar-panels-power-hungarys-odoo-solar-decathlon-house/
 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-decathlon-europe/
 Canopeas: http://inhabitat.com/canopea-wins-the-2012-solar-decathlon-europe-competition/
 + Canopea by Team Rhône-Alpes: http://www.solardecathlon.fr/?lang=en
 + Solar Decathlon on Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/solar-decathlon/
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