- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 4, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Architecture,News,Renewable Energy,Solar Decathlon,Solar Power | 1 Comment

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Solar Village, Solar Decathlon, Missouri University of Science, and Technology, solar powered minigrid [1]

The Missouri University of Science and Technology [2] is putting its old entries to the Solar Decathlon [3] to good use by making a model Solar Village [4]. Four solar homes from past competitions [5] are being reused in an on-campus experimental solar-powered micro-grid. Created in collaboration with students, researchers, utility companies and the Army Corps of Engineers, the Solar Village will test out the viability and functionality of a solar-powered neighborhood [6] with on-site energy storage.


green design, eco design, sustainable design, Solar Village, Solar Decathlon, Missouri University of Science, and Technology, solar powered minigrid [7]

The project will monitor and test ways to distribute energy to homes using solar panels and storage batteries [8], measured in the same way that electricity is traditionally supplied through the grid. The microgrid is not fully independent from the utility power grid, but is able to function on its own in “islanded mode,” should an outage occur.

The four-house village will also be inhabited by Missouri S&T students, who will assist in monitoring the results of the experiment. The students living in the solar homes will also serve as a model for how people will interact with a solar system of energy management, and how (and if) the renewable energy source affects appliances or daily life.

The photovoltaic arrays on each of the Solar Homes [9] will generate about 25 kilowatts of power, which will be stored on lithium batteries that can hold 60 kilowatt hours of power. The team will also buy a converter system for utility hook ups in each house.

The Solar Village, which is funded in part by grants, plans to expand in the future to include wind turbines, electric vehicles and an electric vehicle charging station, giving a unique set of students a taste of life powered entirely by renewable energy [10].

+ Solar Village [4]

Via Phys Org [11]


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/former-solar-decathlon-entries-form-an-experimental-off-the-grid-village-in-missouri/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/former-solar-decathlon-entries-form-an-experimental-off-the-grid-village-in-missouri/solar-home-missouri3/

[2] Missouri University of Science and Technology: http://www.mst.edu/

[3] Solar Decathlon: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/

[4] Solar Village: http://solarhouse.mst.edu/village.html

[5] solar homes from past competitions: http://inhabitat.com/empowerhouse-moves-beyond-the-solar-decathlon-to-become-real-housing-in-dc/

[6] solar-powered neighborhood: http://inhabitat.com/contestants-visit-orange-county-in-preparation-for-the-solar-2013-decathlon/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/former-solar-decathlon-entries-form-an-experimental-off-the-grid-village-in-missouri/solar-home-missouri/

[8] solar panels and storage batteries: http://inhabitat.com/tesla-and-solarcity-team-up-to-create-new-off-the-grid-solar-power-storage-system/

[9] Solar Homes: http://inhabitat.com/canopea-wins-the-2012-solar-decathlon-europe-competition/

[10] renewable energy: http://inhabitat.com/ciclalabs-sustainable-pedal-powered-mobile-entertainment-system-on-show-at-the-european-solar-decathlon/

[11] Phys Org: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-solar-village-house-microgrid.html

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.