Gallery: City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod ...

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New York City has thousands of rooftops soaking up the sun's energy every day - why aren't we making better use of this infinitely renewable resource? City College of New York poses this question, and a practical solution to the problem, with their provocative new design for a sun-powered rooftop home called the Solar Roofpod designed specifically for NYC rooftops. This solar powered prefab home is designed to not only to provide a sweet rooftop abode for some lucky Gotham dweller, but also capture rainwater, excessive solar heat, and provide energy & infrastructure to power an entire building with electricity and hot water from the roof! The Solar Roofpod, was designed and built by over 100 CUNY architecture & engineering studentsfor the Solar Decathlon, a university solar house competition organized by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Roofpod will duke it out against 20 other student-built solar homes on the Washington Mall from Sept 23 to Oct 2, 2011 to see who will be crowned king of the solar homes. We were able to get a sneak peek of CUNY's Solar Roofpod before it was disassembled and shipped off to the Washington mall for its grand premier. Read more to see our photos!

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