Gallery: Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

The very unique technology atop the Napovomo House is a “micro-combined cycle heat and power” unit — or CHP. The mirror reflects the sun’s rays onto solar electric cells, which are cooled by water running though the back of the panels. This improves the efficiency of the Gallium Arsenide solar cells, making them upwards of 20% efficient. The overall effort results in a very comfortable home that produces all of its own power and requires zero outside energy.

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  1. Solar Decathlon House T... September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    […] that will consume 90% less energy than a typical home for heating and cooling. Unlike some of the SD Houses, this net-zero house has a life beyond the competition — it will actually serve to shelter […]

  2. lola June 29, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I have a one caravan in a parcels up near Conil, Cádiz, Spain, and I would like have the house’s energy for the solar energy, but I don’t think what university near there could guide me abaout this system.

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