Tag: Solar

2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

An engineer friend of mine brought a competition to my attention today.  It’s called the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.  To briefly summarize the history and purpose of the competition – The first competition took place in 2002 and has been ongoing biannually.  Roughly 20 university-led teams compete to design, build, and operate a solar powered…


Thermal Solar Panel Differences: Vacuum Tube and Flat Plate

Vacuum or Flat… what’s the better option? This is a common question that often gets asked.  There is a general understanding that vacuum tubes are the top of the line.  They have higher output ratings according to the SRCC and they are often more expensive; a perceived sign for a better product.  Although they do have…