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Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013

Academic teams from Austria, Las Vegas and Czech Republic took the top three spots in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a global competition to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house.

Team Austria, made up of students from the Vienna University of Technology, won top honours overall by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house.

All the houses in the 2013 competition were built at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, US, and every house produced more energy than it consumed.

“The Solar Decathlon is inspiring and training the next generation of clean energy architects, engineers and entrepreneurs, and showing that affordable, clean energy technologies can help homeowners save money and energy today,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Each competing house was evaluated by a group of engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in energy-efficiency savings, creative design innovations, and the functionality and reliability of each system.

Since the first competition in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon has provided unique training to approximately 17,000 students, preparing them to become the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in clean energy technology and efficient building design.


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