Solar Decathlon award-winning prototype to come to MINATEC

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Published : 4 February 2013

The team that represented the Rhône-Alpes region in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition will soon present its Canopea® solar home prototype at MINATEC. The prototype won the international energy-independent solar home competition for the Rhône-Alpes team last year. The prototype will be set up in April in front of MINATEC and will remain there for at least a year.
The winning team, made up of academics from a variety of fields, was coordinated by INES, solar-systems manufacturers in Isle d’Abeau, and the Grenoble and Lyon schools of architecture. Students from Ense3—Grenoble Institute of Technology’s school of energy, water, and environmental engineering—also participated, as did researchers from G-SCOP and CEA-Leti.
The Canopea® solar home concept employs a series of small solar towers designed to control urban population density and offer the comfort of single-family dwellings—perfect for Grenoble’s mountain environment, where buildable land is limited.

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