Gallery: GERMANY WINS THE 2007 SOLAR DECATHLON!

 

Drumroll please……..

It has just been announced that the German University, Technische Universität Darmstadt is the winner of this years Solar Decathlon competition! In order to win this prestigious design competition, the German team had to beat out a whole slew of American universities on U.S. turf (the National Mall in Washington DC). Frankly, however, we’re not surprised to see a winning design emerge from the land of high-quality engineering. And the Darmstadt Solar Decathlon house was a worthy winner of the coveted prize. The stunning solar house was simple, elegant, and extremely innovative in its use of solar shutters and fold-up interior space.

CONGRATULATIONS DARMSTADT!!!

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22 Comments

  1. Germany Leading the Sol... November 25, 2007 at 12:09 am

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  4. Levi October 30, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    i just found out about Pure Energy Solar. these guys do really incredible work, so if anyone is looking to have a solar energy system installed, check out their website at pureenergysolar.net

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  9. Mike October 23, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    @Kevin:
    The table and chairs are made by Kaether und Weise:
    http://www.kaetherundweise.de

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  11. Kevin October 21, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    That looks fantastic!

    Anyone know where that folding table and chairs is from? Is it sold here in the states?

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  13. solarium October 21, 2007 at 10:19 am

    fantastic project – that wax is a very interesting compond.

  14. Stephen October 20, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    your analogy is a bit off. Rather than Volkswagon, you might better compare it to Mercedes or Porche. That is one very expensive little hut. But beautiful.

  15. ZibarTec » Result... October 20, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    […] Unos diseños muy bonitos de parte de todos los participantes, y lo que ganó fue la innovación, la funcionalidad, lo compacto y la distribución de las celdas solares por parte de la universidad de Darmstadt. Inhabitat ha hecho una excelente reseña del primer lugar de la competición. […]

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  17. gregb October 20, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Dupont sells a similar phase change panel at
    http://www2.dupont.com/Energain/en_GB/products/how_it_works/index.html

    A related technology is used to warm baby bottles away from home.

    http://www.heliosheater.com/product_info.php?products_id=521

  18. moritz h. October 20, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    fett greets from indonesia eva,
    i just saw that you and your team won the competition in washington…thats stuning!
    we see us in darmstadt, or bali…(if you like:-)
    greets mo

  19. Martin October 20, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    If someone wants to find out more about the wax material used to capture heat, google for “micronal pcm”. It is a product by BASF, there might be other producers.

    I know about the technology from its use in some motorcycle jackets where it is also used to regulate heat.

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  21. The Revolution Corporation October 19, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Side Note about Modern, Sustainable, Modular Residential Design, and all that is Pre-Fabulous:

    I saw no Michelle Kaufmanns, Marmol Radziners, RAZOR Studios, Workshop APDs, Ed Begley Jr.s, or Brad Pitts at the Solar Decathlon. But, LOTS of super cool techies & interested & inquisitive people (including Inhabitat’s own, Jill). It was a great learning event for the general public, and should have been so for the starchitects as well.

    One of the coolest things was the plethora of smart munchkins (I’m talking 7 & 9 yr. olds) asking adult questions about BIPV & Thermal Bridging! Our future designers!

  22. The Revolution Corporation October 19, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Another interesting tech item on the Technische Universität Darmstadt’s house… The envelope walls have some sort of wax type substance within them that absorbs heat from the interior when it’s too hot (as wax melts ) & draws cold from the interior when the interior temp is too cold (as wax solidifies).

    The innovative louvered bi-fold doors were fabricated by the Darmstadt students utilizing photovoltaic amorphous thin film technology. Interesting that BP Solar, one of the major sponsors of the Solar Decathlon, does not produce a thin film product. They used to, but pulled out a few years ago. In a Q&A session, BP Solar’s Business Development Manager, Paul Garvison, was bombarded with questions of why BP does not currently produce a thin film product, a key material in the wave of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).

    Many of the team engineers reitterated the point that the first point to having an energy efficient house is to have a tight, well insulated house. This was another area where the Darmstadt house succeeded well beyond it’s competitior’s means. Key to this success was the windows and doors provided by Häußler. The doors were somewhere around 4″ thick, much like the insulated doors you’d find on a walk-in refrigerated case used in grocery stores.

    I spoke at length with glasermeister Mathias Häußler about his window’s and doors, and he claims that they insulate so well, that you barely need any heating in the winter. Mathias and I laughed as we both struggled through conversions on our cell phone calculators to determine how the windows would price out for use in the USA. Stay tuned… I’ll have more information on this in a future post.

    bill@objetdesign.com

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