Switzerland reigns at Solar Decathlon

Water innovation crucial in Swiss path to victory at the U.S. Department of Energy's 2017 Solar Decathlon.

October 16, 2017 | By: TAP Staff
A highly efficient, hydroponic vegetable garden showcased by the Swiss team at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver.
A highly efficient, aquaponic vegetable garden showcased by the Swiss team at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver.

 

2017 brought the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to Denver, with the team from Switzerland taking home the top prize as the overall winner. The biennial event involves teams from colleges around the world that battle to create the most innovative full-sized, solar-powered homes imaginable.

The Swiss team took first place in six of the 10 contests by which teams are judged, including the inaugural water contest, which looks for smart water solutions in conservation, reclamation and reuse, and landscaping.

The aquaponic vegetable garden shown above is one of a number of innovations included in the Swiss team’s house. The system features an aquarium with fish who live in the same water used to water the vegetables.

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