Research & Innovation

Stevens Institute of Technology Students to Break Ground on Solar House to Compete in 2013 Solar Decathlon

Hoboken, N.J. - The student team representing Stevens Institute of Technology in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is breaking ground on the solar house that will be competing against 19 other teams in Irvine, CA. in October 2013.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on the Stevens campus on April 18, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the construction site in the parking lot of the Griffith Building overlooking the New York City waterfront.

Ecohabit, the name for Stevens Solar Decathlon house, brings together a cross-disciplinary team of students with expertise in design, engineering, architecture, art and computer science.

The house incorporates the latest technology, research and “Smart House” principles to demonstrate that solar power is an affordable, viable and reliable home energy source. The home will feature in-house design innovations such as on-demand hot water sensors, Dow Solar Shingles, a misting system that reuses condensate to cool outdoor units, and modular furniture construction that can be reconfigured over time and adapt based on the needs of the users.

This is the second year that Stevens has participated in the national competition and the first year that the university has been working independently.

“The Solar Decathlon project has really opened my eyes to the complexity and challenges of working on a large scale project,” said senior Electrical Engineering major Tim Weeks. “This project has given all of us students invaluable experiences that we will, without a doubt, carry with us into our future careers.”

After several months of designing and planning, the team will begin to build the house in the front parking lot of the Griffith Building located on Sinatra Drive.

Students will continue to work on the house throughout the summer before dismantling it and sending it across the country, where it will be rebuilt and displayed to spectators at the XPO, a world’s fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy.

“Our efforts to build Ecohabit have been a great experience,” said senior Art & Technology major Zak Moy. “From marketing its cost and energy efficiency to designing the mechanisms that make it cost and energy efficient, Ecohabit has taught us how our innovations at Stevens can make a brighter future.

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About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The university is the fastest-rising college in U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.