Rueil-Malmaison (France), June 29, 2010 - LumenHaus project, designed and built by Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, has been awarded with the first prize of Solar Decathlon Europe 2010. The project was sponsored by Schneider Electric.
The LumenHaus team reached the highest total points (811,83) after ten contests which evaluated: architecture, engineering and construction, solar systems and hot water, energy balance, comfort conditions, appliances and functionality, communication and social awareness, industrialization and market viability, innovation and sustainability. Schneider Electric designed and built the coupling system to connect LumenHaus, based on American standard ( 110 V, 60 Hz), to the European grid (220 V, 50 Hz). The solution works with two inverters, one at 50 Hz and the other one at 60 Hz, with a half-way battery of 48 Vdc, which allows both systems to work at the same time.
"We want to congratulate the students that have designed Lumenhaus. They have done a brilliant work. Universities are really committed with energy efficiency, and during these days we have been able to see just a glimpse of the wonderful job they are doing, said Enrique Valer, Country Presiden, Spain, Portugal & South America, Schneider Electric. By sponsoring these projects, Schneider Electric is able to share broad-based knowledge and resources, as well as its passion with a new generation of energy enthusiasts."
"Thanks to Schneider Electric for giving us the possibility to connect our house to the grid and make it possible for us to complete in this contest, just because we know this transformation was something hard to do and Schneider Electric made it possible", declared Joseph Wheeler, Director of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University project and Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 award winner.
LumenHaus is inspired by the Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe. The house offers open configuration which connects the houses inhabitants to the outdoors. From its construction to its transportation, the house employs responsive architecture and other similarly advanced technological features.
Two extra competitions awards have been given out: the Internet Award went to the University of Florida and the Public's Choice Award was given to the Instituto Avanzado de Arquitectura de Catalunya and the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera. Schneider Electric participated in all three projects. These awards symbolize some extra recognition for the teams in those areas that have not been considered in the competition.
Schneider Electric has participated in 8 of the 17 projects from 3 different continents for the first edition of Solar Decathlon Europe. Each of the 8 projects integrates Schneider Electric solutions including power metering, building management, lighting controls, programmable logic controllers, electrical distribution equipement and solar inverters.
The Solar Decathlon Europe has been a huge success attracting visitors from all around the world. The initiative demonstrated innovative clean energy technology research and development; revealed to consumers the benefits of solar-powered living; and developed a well-trained workforce who is uniquely prepared for green jobs. Schneider Electric will be strategic sponsor of Solar Decathlon Europe for the next three years. The Group is also sponsoring Solar Decathlon 2011 that will take place in Washington D.C. (USA). The students are already working with the products and technical support of Schneider Electric.
The Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University team,
winner of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition, for its LumenHaus project.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000+ employees achieved sales of more than 15.8 billion euros in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy.