Sunday, September 25, 2011
Reflective Hat Takeaway
Wondering where can you get that hat?
The Solar Homestead designed a dual purpose educational takeaway for the Solar Decathlon 2011. This takeaway is handed out as an origami reflective hat but it contains a wealth of information on the inside.
The unfolded hat gives in depth explanations to the technological innovations of our reinterpreted Trombe wall, concentrating solar thermal skylight, phase change material thermal storage, and bifacial photovoltaic solar canopy as well as our other house features (including our OMs and Flex space) of the Solar Homestead.
This new bifacial technology utilizes the back face of the double panel to generate electricity from ambient light reflected off the surrounding surfaces, and combines with power from the front face of the panel. This can result in 30% higher power generation, or more kWh, per square foot.
We hope that everyone comes to Appalachian State University's Solar Homestead at the National Mall's West Potomac Park sometime from now until Oct 2nd.
Monday-Thurday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm