Etho under construction in Datong
Peking University, Aug. 1, 2013: As the Solar Decathlon China 2013 (SDC 2013) is round the corner, all the participation teams from around the world have arrived in Datong about two weeks before the competition unveils, to start a busy construction of their solar-powered houses. By now, houses designed by teams with innovative ideas are almost finished in the Solar Village.
A birdview of the Solar Village
According to the organizing committee, the preparatory work of SD China 2013 proceeds smoothly. The opening ceremony of SDC will be held on August 2nd in Solar Palace located beside the Wen Ying Lake. More than 1, 500 country leaders, officials, university presidents, and representatives of enterprises from all over the world will take part in this event. On July 29th, the bus route 1 opened officially to make it convenient for citizens to visit Solar Palace.
Among the participating teams, the Peking University - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PKUI) team has basically completed building their house-“Etho”, after undertaking lifting and construction for over a week. The exterior framework of Etho has been completed, and students and workers are currently installing roof panels and support materials. Once this process is completed, photovoltaic solar panels will be installed, which will provide the main house energy supply. According to the project design, the total power of solar panels will reach 10kW, adequate for daily use of a family of three.
Etho, under construction
In terms of internal systems, the automatic control system of Etho is under installation and debugging. Part of the windows are installed, but most of furniture and appliances have not yet begun installations. Interior decoration has just begun. So it will still take certain amount of time for the rest of the work.
The SDC 2013 is a major event hosted by National Energy Administration of China (NEA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and organized by Peking University. Many Colleges of Engineering (COE) teachers and students have been involved.
Edited by: Arthars
Source: College of Engineering