Renewable Energy Innovation at the Solar Decathlon
Fresh ideas, sustainable materials, passive and
active solar, green walls, expandability, and much more from the fertile
minds of students competing at the 2013 Solar Decathlon.
Team Capitol DC’s
HARVEST HOME in the 2013 Solar Decathlon
(Catholic University of America,
George Washington University,
American University, Washington,
Photo Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy
Nineteen houses, designed, built, and lived in by college and university students...and all producing more energy than they consume. That was the spectacle in early October
of 2013 in Irvine, California, when the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon came to town.
Since 2002, the contest has been inspiring and helping train the next generation of clean energy architects, engineers, and entrepreneurs. In this version, nineteen teams from colleges and universities around the world competed to design, build, and operate the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. There were ten contests over ten days that gauged each house’s performance, livability, and affordability.
We covered the winners in a feature article in Natural Life Magazine's
November/December 2013 issue. Click here to download a free PDF of the article,
which includes photos and descriptions of the winning designs.