Warners' Stellian blog: U of M's ICON Solar House

Sep 29, 09

Can modern, solar-powered design be livable? That was the concept behind the University of Minnesota's ICON Solar House team.

Students from disciplines ranging from business to design to engineering took up the challenge of designing, building, and operating the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. Next month, the team and the house will travel to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon contest, in which the house will be displayed on the National Mall for three weeks along with 19 other houses from competing colleges.

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Minnesota Miles visits the Solar House

Sep 29, 09

Watch an on-the-scene report from the University's own Minnesota Miles about the ICON house.

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Solar Decathlon facebook page features U of M team

Sep 29, 09

The Solar Decathlon facebook page includes features about the U of M team, as well as other teams competing in the contest. Become a fan today to follow all the news about the Solar Decathlon competition.

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Solar Decathlon Twitter feed focuses on U of M team

Sep 29, 09

The Solar Decathlon Twitter feed focused on the U of M team today. Visit the Twitter feed to find out more about all the teams involved in the contest!

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University of Minnesota Web site: U Solar Decathlon team to showcase its solar house at international competition in Washington, D.C.

Sep 23, 09

Some 150 students from a wide variety of majors at the U have collaborated to build a house powered entirely by the sun. In October, they'll take their house to Washington to compete in the international Solar Decathlon.

Read more and watch a video with narration by student project leader Shengyin Xu.

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Minnesota Public Radio: U of M hopes to win solar house competition

Sep 18, 09

St. Paul, Minn. -- Today on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, you can take a look at a fully-equipped house that is powered entirely by solar energy and is designed to use less power than it generates.

Later this month, the house will be taken apart and shipped to Washington, D.C. where it will be reassembled on the National Mall for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition.

Read more and listen to the audio interview with Cathy Wurzer at the Minnesota Public Radio Web site.

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U of M Moment: U of M energy and design student innovators compete in D.C.

Sep 17, 09

Hear Shengyin Xu, student project leader for the U of M Solar Decathlon Team, discuss the design of the U's solar house.

Hear the audio clip from U of M Moment.

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MinnPost.com: Chasing the sun: U of M enters energy decathlon

Sep 17, 09

In Norse mythology, the sun races so fast across the sky because a wolf is chasing Sól, the sun goddess, and trying to eat her. That wolf must be famished right now; the chase ends earlier every day.

The fleeting winter sun in the North Star State was part of the challenge the University of Minnesota tackled when it put together its first-ever entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.

The entry, a completely solar powered house, opened for public viewing this week on the St. Paul campus on the north side of Buford Place just east of Gortner Ave. You still can see it Thursday and Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Because the winter sun in the Twin Cities rises only 54 degrees above the horizon, designers had to pull the ridge of the roof north, thereby expanding the surface area on the southern side for maximum efficiency of photovoltaic and solar thermal panels.

The 800-square-foot home was built to be broken down into pieces so it can be reconstructed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where 20 teams of college and university students will compete from Oct. 9-18.

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Fox 9 News: Student build energy efficient home

Sep 16, 09

MINNEAPOLIS - Some students at the University of Minnesota are using the sun to their advantage. They're building a one of a kind solar house.

Students from the University are, for the first time, competing in the solar home decathlon.

The objective of the contest is to design, build and manage an energy neutral home. They are trying to spread the idea that you can live in a solar home in Minnesota.

Read more and see the video news story on Fox 9 News.

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Star Tribune: U team's solar-powered house is headed to national contest

Sep 15, 09

A team from the University of Minnesota that has built a house powered solely by the sun will face off against counterparts from 19 other universities in a contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

ON THE NATIONAL MALL: Twenty of the solar houses will be erected on the National Mall next month for the Solar Decathlon competition, designed to promote energy efficiency and practicality of solar home construction.

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