Control4 is sponsoring Team NJ in the 2011 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
The Solar Decathlon is an international competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this biennial competition aims to draw public awareness of smart energy practices.
Team New Jersey, including Rutgers University and The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will together compete against 19 other international colleges and universities to design and build a solar powered home. Over the course of the past year, the design and manufacturing of the house concept (code named “eNJoy”) has been refined, and it was eventually selected as one of 20 international finalists in the competition. Ultimately, the house will be transported to Washington, DC, where it will be assembled and viewed on the National Mall for three weeks in the fall of 2011.
As part of its sponsorship, Control4 will be supplying the team with its Control4 OS2 operating software and full access Control4 4Store, an online application marketplace with numerous apps. While designing the home, Team NJ wanted to create an in-market example of technology helping the average homeowner gain awareness and control of their energy consumption as well as demonstrate potential savings opportunities through selected real-time connections to the home’s environmental systems.
“While the technologies in this house are complex and advanced, the students have pushed very hard to ensure that the controls for the house mask this complexity, making the home as easy to manage as possible,” said Jason Valdina, NJIT faculty advisor on the home automation aspect of the house’s design. “Control4’s latest suite of integrated products made it possible to unify disparate systems and technologies under one simple control interface that is user friendly and educational.”
The home will be able to control the homes entertainment systems, lighting control as well as third-party energy management tools, such as Eragy and Siemens, Inc. through the Control4 applications.
“We are very excited to sponsor this great competition,” said Paul Nagel, VP of energy for Control4. “These talented groups of students are the future in home energy monitoring and management. Their work and determination will help raise awareness of the importance of energy management to the next generation.”