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Portugal's Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

by , 08/12/12

Casa em Movimento, University of Porto, Solar Decathlon 2012, Europe, Portugal, green design, EV, sustainable development, eco-design, cleantech, solar energy, electric vehicle,

CEM provides a wonderful solution for the 21st century’s energy crisis in an attractive, compact design. In addition to being modular and therefore easily adapted as the family grows, it is completely self-sustaining. By this we mean that the home will exist independently of the national grid, although it will be costly to invest in the technology required to make it so. Which is why the Porto team designed the house to produce a surplus of energy that can be used to not only charge the family’s EV, but also generate income by feeding power back into the grid.

A host of other interventions increases this home’s appeal as well. Only naturally insulated materials such as cork and wood are used in the interior to guarantee the project’s overall energy efficiency, while a reflecting pool and permeable pavements outside enhance the microclimate and control rainwater runoff. The Porto team has faced significant challenges to raise the necessary funds, but they have persevered nonetheless with the mantra that they are not only representing their university, but also their country. If you can, why not give them a little lift for an excellent cause.

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images © Ricardo Santonja

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  1. mark winters August 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    this would make a lot more sense if the roof were curved or domed. shading issues cancel out the panels not exposed to the sun…

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