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 Photo Highlights of the Technische Universitat Darmstadt House from Germany at the 2007 Solar Decathlon





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Technische Universitat Darmstadt from Germany had one of the most attractive designs at the 2007 Solar Decathlon. It was also one of the most cutting edge in terms of technologies used.

Vacupor® VIP (Vacuum Insulation Panel) made by Porextherm This is a sample of insulation. It's called a Vacupor® VIP (Vacuum Insulation Panel) made by Porextherm  in Germany. The panels are extremely light and easy to work with. Also, inside some of the walls is the use of microencapsulated paraffin, which can store heat.


These semitransparent solar panels generate electricity, shade the interior of the house from too much heat gain from direct sunlight in the summer, and look great.


This storage drawer slides out into the sunken TV viewing area when needed.


These louvered panels contain lots of attractive photovoltaic (PV) strips which are controlled by servo motors to aim them at the best angle toward the sun.


The overall result is a home that looks clean and attractive.




 Oct. 2007







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