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2009-10-16 15:11:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman today announced the winners of the 2009 Department of Energy Solar Competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Team Germany, the student team from Darmstadt, Germany won top honors by designing, building, and operating the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took second place followed by Team California in third...

2009-10-16 12:30:00

University of Illinois Takes 2nd Place; Team California Takes 3rd Place Team Germany has won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Team Germany won top honors by designing, building, and operating the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home. The University of Illinois came in second, and Team California came in third. Over the past two weeks, the 2009 Solar Decathlon challenged twenty university-led...

2009-10-15 16:15:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Minnesota today grabbed first place in the Lighting Design contest at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The University of Minnesota won over the lighting designers and industry experts that made up the panel of jurors with its solar home's aesthetically pleasing lighting design, which creatively used natural and artificial light to meet the needs of the user while maintaining high efficiency. Currently, twenty...

2009-10-12 16:36:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Team California took the early lead today in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon by winning the Architectural contest. The Solar Decathlon, an international design competition held on the National Mall, challenges university-led teams to design, build and operate the most attractive, functional, and energy efficient solar-powered homes. This is the fourth time DOE has held the competition since 2002. (Photo:...

2009-10-12 09:51:00

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Through contributions of technology and engineering know-how from Siemens, Virginia Tech's entry is more competitive than ever at this year's Solar Decathlon, now underway on the National Mall in Washington DC. Virginia Tech's entry will be among 20 solar-powered, zero energy homes on display from colleges and universities across the country and Europe. The Solar Decathlon is an international event in which the Department of Energy (DOE)...

2009-10-10 13:30:00

Broadcast-Quality Video of All 20 Solar Homes and University Teams Now Available for Download WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- VIDEO: You can now view and download the latest broadcast-quality video footage from the Solar Decathlon competition, including virtual tours of each home and soundbites from members of each team, at the following address: http://stratacomm.net/solar-decathlon/videos.html NEWS: U.S. Dept. of Energy hosts cutting-edge green technology and...

2009-10-09 14:42:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA and SPWRB), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced that seven of the 20 universities participating in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (the Solar Decathlon) have designed their solar homes using SunPower's high performance solar panels to power their homes in this competition. SunPower solar panels are the most...

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2009-10-08 13:55:00

International teams are busy constructing houses on Washington's National Mall in preparation for a solar-powered competition. During the past week, teams of students from 20 colleges and universities from Canada, Germany, Spain and the United States will put their solar-powered homes on display during the Solar Decathlon. The event begins Thursday, and each of the homes will be judged on the way they address a variety of criteria, including aesthetics and engineering. The event takes place...

2009-10-08 07:01:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu will officially open the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon today. The opening ceremonies will begin with a welcome address to the twenty university-led teams from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Spain. The Secretary will then officially open the Solar Village, consisting of twenty solar-powered, high-efficiency homes built by the teams. The Solar Decathlon is a student...

2009-10-01 14:01:00

20 University Teams to Compete in the 2009 DOE Solar Decathlon WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early this morning, twenty university-led teams descended on the National Mall along with high-tech, high-efficiency solar-powered homes they have built for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Over 800 student competitors from the United States, Canada, Spain and Germany will compete in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The international competition takes place on the...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.