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UH Competes in Solar Decathlon

Posted on | April 30, 2010 | Comments Off

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Exterior view of conceptual design.

Team Hawaiʻi, made up of Mānoa and Honolulu representatives, is one of 20 teams selected to compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The design-build competition will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in fall 2011. The competition challenges teams of college and university students from across the nation and the world to create and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, energy-efficient and attractive.

The Team Hawaiʻi entry will include advancements in composite material, building-integrated concentrated photovoltaics, building-integrated radiant heating and cooling systems and novel affordable home design for tropical climates like Hawaiʻi. The team includes Mānoa Associate Professor David Rockwood and Assistant Professors David Garmire, Hyoung-June Park and Weilin Qu and Junior Specialist Justin Akagi and Lecturer William Paluch and Honolulu Dean Mark Silliman and Lecturer Noel “Red” Griffiths-Seewerker.

Team Hawaiʻi now has 18 months to recruit the best and brightest students, manage the project across multiple departments, perform cutting-edge research and construct a solar-powered house to compete in fall 2011. The University of Hawaiʻi will receive $100,000 from the Department of Energy to help defray expenses of building and transporting the house.

Read the news release.

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