College of Design students are participating in the Solar Decathlon, a US Department of Energy competition between 19 universities to design and construct a solar-powered house. The effort was profiled by Tim Post for Minnesota Public Radio today. Solar panels built into the roof of the student-designed solar house generates more power than it uses, adding power to the grid during the day and taking power from the grid when the sun goes down. "We're still working on getting the materials to frame out the roof, so what you see is the lower half of the house," Architecture graduate student Shengyin Xu told Post.
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