NRG Home Solar, a division of NRG Energy, Inc.and residential solar specialist, has joined forces with Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey (US) to support the production of its US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon entry, the Sure House.
The Sure House will be a home designed to use 90% less energy than similar homes available on the market. It is powered by solar energy, and in the aftermath of a storm becomes a hub for emergency power to the neighborhood with uniquely designed branch power circuits that transfer to standby circuits in the event of a grid outage. The Sure House will also incorporate design details allowing it to withstand temporary flooding up to 6 feet, plus storm shutters that provide protection during extreme storms.
The competition entry was inspired by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, which directly impacted many students involved in the project. The Stevens team is designing the Sure House to optimize energy efficiency through use of solar and smart energy technologies. The home is also configured specifically to protect against flooding and natural disasters.
The Sure House is being developed by a team of 40 students - led by faculty - that includes undergraduates and graduates from a range of disciplines. NRG Home Solar is providing the photovoltaic solar panels to be used in the home’s solar array.
The Solar Decathlon will take place in 8 to 18 October, 2015 in Irvine, California (US).