Follow Real-Time Contest Results for Solar Decathlon 2013

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Originally published on 1Sun4All.

New contest data displays are now available on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon website, reports Solar Decathlon. If you are interested in the real-time performance of each house and want to keep a close eye on the competition, check out the Contests section pages. The following is from SolarDecathlon.Gov:

New Contest Data Displays Provide Insight into Competition Scoring


 Visitors tour the Solar Decathlon 2013 village at the close of public hours at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California on October 5, 2013. | Photo credit: Eric Grigorian | U.S. Department of Energy

In the Contests section, the pages for the measured contests (Comfort ZoneHot WaterAppliancesHome Entertainment, and Energy Balance) explain the contest requirements and provide real-time graphical displays of the accumulated measurements/scores for each team. Roll your cursor over the graphics to see more detailed information about each contest. For example, in the Appliances Contest graphic, the scores for running the refrigerator, freezer, clothes washer, dryer, and dishwasher are displayed. The measurements for the Refrigerator and Freezer subcontests are shown in graphs below.

The Energy Balance display is also insightful. In the Energy Balance Contest, teams receive full points (100) for producing at least as much energy as their house uses.

The graph shows the net energy production/consumption of each house in kilowatt-hours (kWh). If the value for net energy is a positive number, the houses have produced more energy than they have used during the competition. Hover your cursor over a line to display the team name. Or toggle team lines off and on by clicking on the teams names in the legend on the right.


 Solar Decathlon 2013 visitors tour the deck outside the Czech Republic house at the Solar Decathlon on October 5, 2013 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. | Photo credit: Stefano Paltera | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Contests one through five are juried contests. Check back on Thursday for Affordability and Market Appeal contest results, Friday for Communications and Architecture contest results, and Saturday for Engineering Contest and overall winner announcements. In the meantime, follow the scoring for the performance-based contests like never before!

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

The Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO are both taking place in Irvine, California through Sunday, October 13.

It’s FREE! Public hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:

  • Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2013

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