Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 18, 2013
For the third straight time, a home utilizing AirGenerate's technology has won the hot water competition at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Solar Decathlon is a prestigious biannual competition in which a highly select group of university teams from around the globe compete to design, build and operate the most energy-efficient solar home within budget and building limits. The hot water competition measures the ability of the house’s hot water heating system to produce the amount needed for daily washing and bathing while maintaining efficiency in energy usage.
This year AirGenerate's winning university partner was Stevens Institute of Technology. Their zero-net energy smart house, Ecohabit, was an enormous, two-year collaborative effort that involved more than five dozen Stevens students with expertise in engineering, design, architecture and computer science.
Ecohabit’s innovative, on-demand hot water system utilized AirGenerate’s heat pump water heater technology. It was tied to their central control system, which took data from sensors located throughout the home to optimize energy consumption.
"We have supported several teams since 2009 and are pleased to win the prestigious hot water contest again. It is a testament to our commitment to continuous innovation," said Rick Pal, CEO of AirGenerate. "We are proud of the award winning design of Ecohabit this year and congratulate Stevens team for their creativity and hard work."