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1 September

Solar Decathlon (14)-New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington’s First Light house of 2011

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Dear Readers,

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much. We are at a critical juncture in human history when individual effort and participation in the transition into renewable energy age is desperately needed!  Your signature will be very meaningful in helping all earthlings!  For a summary of why we need to switch to power the earth with Wind-Water-Sunlight quickly, reasons are explained by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson at  http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20110731 There are more than sixteen episodes of discussions on FIT (Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) available at http://sunisthefuture.net Please feel free to read/listen to them (type in feed-in-tariff in the search box at right).

Now, let’s continue onto our 14th episode of Solar Decathlon, heading toward the Southern hemisphere, looking at the First Light house design of New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington.  First Light house is a net zero energy house, meaning it generates more than or equal to the amount of energy it needs to run the house throughout the year in New Zealand. There are twenty-eight 225 watt  polycrystalline solar panels on the roof and generates 70.5 kilowatt hour per year;evacuated tube solar hot water collectors (40 evacuated tubes on the canopy); the innovative energy efficient way of drying laundry, the hydronic drying cover(drying clothes using only hot water, inside of which has racks to hold towels and clothing, running hot water through it );the energy efficient duct heat pump,  cooling system has a coefficient performance of about 3 and heating about close to 4.  Consideration for utilizing passive system for natural lighting and energy optimization are also useful in reducing energy demand.  The use of off-the-shelf  heating and ventilation products will make it easier to maintain (easy to change filters, etc.).  An energy monitoring system will also help the residents to realize how much energy is being used under different conditions.  The house is designed for an older couple of New Zealand, with compact kitchen and energy efficient appliances and durable material. Many of the furniture and spaces are adaptable for multi-functions.  Sustainability and easy social interactions are some of the focus of the design for this house.  One can see how New Zealanders’ relationship to nature, environment, and their inclination for friendly and relaxed life style. Without further ado, here is the First Light house—>

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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5 August

Solar Decathlon (1)

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Hi, Friends and Readers of Sun Is The Future,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Let’s take a break from the political aspect of renewable energy and shift our attention to education and R & D for a moment. The coming series will be presentations of Solar Decathlon. Solar Decathlon of the U.S. Department of Energy is an international competition started/created by Richard King in 2002 (also held in 2005, 2007, 2009)that challenges 20 or so collegiate teams to design, build, and operate the most appealing and effective energy efficient solar-powered house. The winning team would have a design that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, design excellence, and optimal energy production consideration.

The next Solar Decathlon event is scheduled to take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park from September 23 to October 2, 2011. It will be open to the public and free of charge, weekdays: 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M., weekends: 10:00A.M.-5:30 P.M.

Solar Decathlon 2011 map

It is intended for public/visitors to tour ultra-efficient houses, to gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how to maximize energy efficiency in their own homes.

More information may be found at:  http://www.solardecathlon.gov/

The Solar Decathlon challenges the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to become pioneers of clean energy technology and efficient building design,” said Secretary Chu.  “This is a great opportunity for these talented students to showcase cutting edge technologies that will change the way we build homes and save families money.”

Solar Decathlon showcases student-built energy efficient and cutting edge technology homes

The competition is presented by the U.S. Department of Energy and organized by NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).  There is also a Solar Decathlon Europe, established in 2007 between U.S and Spain, and a Solar Decathlon China established between U.S. Department of Energy and China’s National Energy Administration, Peking University, and Applied Material in 2011 and will be held in 2013.

To understand more about the purpose of this Solar Decathlon, please view the clip below:


 

 

Here at Sun Is The Future, there will be presentations of various designs from different parts of the world.  Be prepared to be awed!

posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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