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The Solar Decathlon Competition challenges teams of university students to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.
The “Illawarra Flame” Solar Decathlon Project was initiated by the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, but also involves students and staff from other faculties and TAFE Illawarra Institute. This team of UOW and TAFE students and staff have worked tirelessly since 2011 to demonstrate the possibility of retrofitting Australia’s ubiquitous fibro home and to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technology in new and existing homes. Team UOW won entry into both the US and China 2013 Solar Decathlon Competitions. Team UOW chose to go to China, and became the first and only Australian team in a Solar Decathlon, competing against 23 teams, from 33 universities and 13 countries. The “Illawarra Flame” is the first retrofit home in a Solar Decathlon competition.
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