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SCU's Solar House competes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The hammers and hardhats are out again, as
The team, managed and led by SCU students, worked for more than a year on
The truck carrying the house suffered a broken axle in
"The mood is one of great excitement and encouragement, and the team is working well together and representing SCU beautifully," said Timothy Healy, professor of electrical engineering at
Their challenge for the past year has been to design, construct, and display a fully functional, 650-square-foot solar-powered home in a solar village in the nation's capital. The assembled houses will be on view to the public Oct. 12–20, according to the DOE, which anticipates more than 100,000 visitors touring the homes.
Teams will be judged in 10 different areas encompassing architecture, engineering, livability, lighting, cooking, comfort, and power generation for heating, cooling, cooking, and running appliances. The house will also have to power a car.
An awards ceremony is planned for Oct. 19.
"The building of this house is truly a collaborative effort between students, faculty, and the community, and demonstrates the power and promise of alternative energy," said James Bickford, an SCU senior and project manager of SCU's Solar Decathlon team.
Among the teams SCU is competing against are: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado at Denver and Boulder, Pennsylvania State University, and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
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