Gallery: Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century ...

The panels are perched atop a south-facing trellis which also serves to shade the home from the brunt of the sun's heat. A set of hybrid solar thermal panels mounted immediately behind photovoltaic modules serves as a heat sink that reduces the temperature of the photovoltaics while providing 90% of the home's hot water needs.

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