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Missouri S&T Solar and Eco Villages
The Solar Village is a Missouri S&T facility that houses that competition entries of the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Missouri S&T is the only team to have earned the opportunity to compete in six of the seven competitions to date, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, and the upcoming 2015.
The US DOE Solar Decathlon is a competition of twenty international, intercollegiate teams that design and build a solar house. This house is then transported to the host site for the competition. The competition has been hosted at the National Mall between the US Capitol and the Washington Monument for the 2002- 2011 competitions and was hosted at the Orange County State Park for the 2013 and 2015 competitions. The teams are the judged on ten contests, i.e. Decathlon, and are opened to tour for the general public, team guests, and government officials.
Once the competition is over these homes are returned to the university. Missouri S&T has created an opportunity to utilize these homes for the benefit of the university. The Missouri S&T Solar Village is the area where these homes were placed after their respective competitions. The village is managed by the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement- OSE3. This office coordinates the ongoing village research, as well as, develops corporate and industry relationships to promote new projects. The village offers guided tours. The village often hosts the general public and interested students, elementary school students through graduate level, but has also given tours to government professionals and foreign university delegations. Live tours of the village have been translated into at least 4 languages. This combination of unique lab environment and global experience make the solar village an amazing research opportunity.
Missouri S&T’s Solar Village allows for the development of research ranging from Building Science, to Electrical Distribution, to Material Science. The village’s unique configuration of systems and materials, gives researchers interesting look at how systems can interact as well as how building systems interact with a living tenants.