The biannual Solar Decathlon competition sees university students building futuristic homes that rely on clean renewable energy for all their electricity demands. The competition is a great way to witness technologies, available today, which can power low-impact homes in the near future. Though, this year’s competition is still months away, students at the West Virginia University have already shared some details about their entry.
The team is all set to being construction on their one-of-a-kind solar powered log house. Through October, the team will tear down the house and rebuilt it, again and again, until they are satisfied with the performance of their home. To be built on a property near the Student Recreation Center on the university’s Evansdale campus, the affordable, attractive, energy efficient and solar powered home with compete with other similar homes in the Decathlon that is slated for October 3 to 13.
The WVU house will be the first log-style home that will be accepted into the Decathlon. The log home will make use of solar panels and rely on natural resources to control temperature. The student team is also hoping of developing an app that will allow them to control temperature, lighting and other systems of the house from a Smartphone or a tablet computer.
This app will allow the team to measure the energy being consumed by the house in real time. Moreover, the team will also be able to monitor which lights are on and how much power is being consumed.