User:Shayuow/Team University of Wollongong win Solar Decathlon China

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Monday, August 12, 2013

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A team of student engineers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) was announced as the winners of the Solar Decathlon held in China on Sunday.

The only Australian team to enter this year’s competition, Team UOW claimed the first prize with their entry the Illawarra Flame.

Hosted by the National Energy Commission and the United States Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon competition sees teams of university students compete to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. Each submission is judged on architecture, solar application, engineering, communications and market appeal.

Team UOW’s project was awarded first place in architecture, solar application and engineering. The team from Wollongong was also awarded second place in communications and market appeal.

The Illawarra Flame was the first entry in the history of the competition to be a retrofitted home rather than a new construction. Speaking to ABC News after Team UOW's victory, team member Lloyd Niccol said the aim was "Designing a house that produces more energy than it consumes”.

Team SCUT from the South China University of Technology was awarded second place in the competition, their design E-Concave placing second in engineering, third in communications and first in market appeal.

Team Sweden form the Chalmers University of Technology placed third in the overall competition, their entry Halo was awarded third in engineering, first in communications and tied second in market appeal.