Star Tribune: U's house takes 5th in solar contest

Oct 17, 09

A solar house built by students at the University of Minnesota took fifth place in a national competition Friday.

The house was one of 19 in the fourth Solar Decathlon in Washington, put on by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Although the U's house didn't nab top overall honors, it placed first in contests for best lighting design and best engineering.

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MinnPost.com: Solar Decathlon: U team takes first place in lighting

Oct 16, 09

The University of Minnesota's sun-powered house did not win the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., but it did outshine the competition in lighting design.

Team Germany took first place in the overall competition, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday. The team, from Technische Universitat Darmstadt, created a house that essentially is a two-story cube with the surface sheathed by solar cells.

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AP: U of M takes 5th in international solar decathlon

Oct 16, 09

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - University of Minnesota students have taken fifth place in the international Solar Decathlon for their ICON solar house.

The team competed against 19 other teams, which included entries from the United States, Canada, Germany and Spain.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced the winners of the fourth biennial competition on Friday.

Read the full AP story at the Rochester Post-Bulletin Web site, the Winona Independent Web site, the Marshall Independent Web site, or at WKBT.com, KXNet.com, or WQOW.com.

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Minnesota Public Radio: U of M takes fifth in solar home competition

Oct 16, 09

St. Paul, Minn. -- The University of Minnesota has finished fifth in a national competition between teams trying to build the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

The University of Minnesota's team competed against 19 other colleges and universities from the U.S., Germany, Canada and Spain, with each team building a house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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WCCO-TV: U Places 5th in Solar Home Competition

Oct 16, 09

The University of Minnesota is celebrating a fifth place finish at the Solar Decathlon.

"It's a culmination of a lot of work, everyone has done a lot of work," said Minnesota student Peter Leeman.

Students had to create a modern, livable home fully powered by the sun.

The houses are on the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C.

This is the first year the 'U' sent a team to the competition. They competed against 20 other teams from around the country.

Read more or see the video at the WCCO-TV Web site.

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NYTimes: Solar Living, Without Compromising on Lifestyle

Oct 15, 09

John Hamilton paused from tinkering with the heat pumps, pipes and tanks arrayed before him, the mechanical heart of a small house assembled on the National Mall, to read the electric meter mounted off to the side.

Read more at the New York Times Web site.

See the accompanying graphic to the story, which highlighted the ICON house.

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Popular Mechanics: University of Minnesota's Icon House Redefines the Gable

Oct 15, 09

"Our team really wanted to think about solar houses in a way that's very familiar to people," says Shengyin Xu, the student project manager for the University of Minnesota and a graduate student in architecture. "So we started with a gable but began to play with the shape."

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Hirshfield's Color Club: Minnesota ICON arrives in Washington, D.C.

Oct 9, 09

The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

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Washington Post: Early peek at Solar Decathlon houses

Oct 8, 09

Twenty prototype solar houses are taking shape on the National Mall, racing to be ready for the contest's opening on Thursday and public viewing starting Friday.

The University of Minnesota has designed its house to handle the rigors of the frigid, snowy north. Solar panels are only on the southern side of the steeply pitched roof, while there's a skylight over part of the northern expanse, allowing sunlight to illuminate the area below. Lighting in the house will use only 500 watts, total.

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WCCO TV: 'U' solar house team in D.C.

Oct 8, 09

WCCO TV's Angela Davis talks live with Shengyin Xu, the student project manager for the University of Minnesota's ICON Solar House competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.

Watch the interview on WCCO.com.

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