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    Germany Overturns Solar Rules to Win Decathlon With 200% Solar Home

    For the first time in the Solar Decathlon, a home that has produced twice the amount of energy as it used, won the first prize. And it did so in a very unusual way. Every year the US Department of Energy has a solar competition for the best house that gets 100% of its electricity [...]

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    Lumenhouse at the Solar Decathlon in Washington

    As the Solar Decathlon was unveiled on The National Mall in Washington DC this week, there were some really innovative showings from competitors around the nation. Virginia Tech is showing an interesting idea.  It’s Lumenhaus has giant sliding walls made of  polycarbonate screens filled with Nanogel for superinsulation. Ideal for climates with extremes of summer [...]

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    Spanish All Solar House Churns Out Electricity

    Here’s a very solar-centric home from Spain that not only has an entirely (485 square foot) solar roof that moves in relation to the sun all day to squeeze out every last possible carbon neutral electron but even the walls are solar power stations churning out even more electricity too. I hope it doesn’t buzz inside like a transformer! I’m a huge fan of solar powered zero carbon dwellings, but even I think this is possibly going a bit far. It literally would be a power station.

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