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AGH UST to build solar house for Olympic athletes in Beijing

Kraków. AGH University of Science and Technology - main building. Credit: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk Kraków. AGH University of Science and Technology - main building. Credit: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

A solar house, part of a residential complex for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, is to be built by Kraków’s AGH University of Science and Technology and China’s University of Mining and Technology.

The 20-150 sqm one-storey house will be powered exclusively by solar energy, day and night, with the AGH UST team designing the energy systems.

Paweł Wajss from AGH said: “It is an ambitious project. It will have many helioactive devices, solar panels, collectors, but they may not negatively affect the aesthetics, which is also judged in the competition.

He added that the work, including modelling, testing, construction, formalities, construction, will take a year. 

Next fall, the building will be erected in Zhangjiakou, the city where the residential complex for participants in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be located.

The 'solar decathlon' competition will be judged in 10 different categories, such as energy efficiency, market potential, convenience, environmental friendliness.

The buildings will also be laboratories and models for analysis in the field of energy sustainability.

The Krakow team has already started the first stage of work, which includes modelling and testing the energy systems that will be used in the building. They design photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, heat and cold distribution systems and lighting. The end result will be an optimised building of the future, which can generate as much energy as possible at the lowest possible cost.

The solar house building competition is held regularly on six continents. The Polish-Chinese team will compete with over a dozen other teams from around the world.

AGH UST is the first Polish university to take part in the global series of Solar Decathlon competitions.

The AGH UST team currently has nine members and is still looking for people willing to cooperate on the project. Those interested can find more information at https://solardecathlon.pl. (PAP)

author: Beata Kołodziej

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