Taking first prize at Solar Decathlon Europe, Virginia Tech's entry uses an Orion 420 Weather Station from Columbia Weather Systems to help monitor energy efficiency in the "lumenHAUS." Modeled after the biennial US Solar Decathlon sponsored by the Department of Energy, SD Europe hosted its inaugural competition this summer in Madrid.
The competition pits university teams in an effort to design and build a net-zero energy house. Virginia Tech was one of only two US teams invited to participate.
The Orion 420 Weather Station offers a standard 4-20 mA interface, generally used in industrial applications, with an all-in-one sensor head measuring temperature, humidity, rainfall and ultrasonic wind speed and direction. Virginia Tech's team uses the accessory Weather MicroServer(TM) and WeatherMaster(TM) Software to monitor meteorological parameters.
Columbia Weather Systems is a leader in professional weather monitoring applications worldwide.
photo courtesy of SDEurope