S&T finishes fourth in Solar Decathlon

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On October 15, 2017

Visitors to the 2017 Solar Decathlon tour Missouri S&T’s entry, SILO, during the event in Denver. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

The Solar House Design Team from Missouri University of Science and Technology finished in fourth place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017, held Oct. 5-15 in Denver.

The Missouri S&T team’s house, called SILO, was one of 11 entries in the design competition. Entries in the Solar Decathlon were judged by a panel of experts in 10 categories, ranking from appliances and architecture to energy use and market potential.

A team from Switzerland won the competition. A team from the University of Maryland finished second, and a team of students from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Denver finished third. The Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team finished third in two categories, architecture and innovation.

SILO, which stands for Smart Innovative Living Oasis, is designed for a middle-aged couple looking to find a smaller home to for more sustainable living. SILO was designed to with technology that is user-friendly and intuitive for the homeowner.

This was the seventh time a Missouri S&T team designed and built an entry for the Solar Decathlon. Previous entries are now in use as student housing on campus at Missouri S&T’s Solar Village and EcoVillage.

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