A positive energy house was established in Shanghai Jiao Tong University

It was declared publicly on July 4th 2013 that a positive energy house, the prototype of River Sunvelop was established on Minhang Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. President of SJTU, Jie Zhang, general secretary of SJTU, Jian Zhu, vice president of SJTU, Dan Wu and Zhen Huang attended the ceremony. President Zhang launched a speech, speaking highly of the efforts and hard work of all the team members and instructors during the past two years and wishing Team SJTU fabulous results in the Solar Decathlon China 2013.

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The preparation of River Sunvelop initiated in April, 2011. Designed and constructed by students in SJTU, River Sunvelop is called a positive energy house, since the energy generated by PV system far outweighs that consumed in daily operation. Meanwhile, the energy saving materials contribute to much better thermal insulation. Equipped with a smart controlling system, it is a living space with suitable temperature but a plunge of energy consumption by more than 40%. Air-conditioning system and hot water system are coupling together which recover emitted heat to heat water and make full utilization of thermal energy. Traditional Jiangnan dwelling is the inspiration of River Sunvelop, which takes an outlook into the green, ecological and smart future life. It has extraordinary scientific value and marketing appeal.

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In order to come up with the best solution, over the past two years, more than 100 students and faculty members from 12 academic disciplines from SJTU collaborated as ten specialized teams including project management, architecture, HVAC and PV system etc. Joined by over 30 sponsors, Team SJTU innovated across multiple systems and implemented several novel technologies to advance and perfect the architectural and system designs. They applied these improvements and innovations to their house for Solar Decathlon.


During the ceremony, Schneider Electric, ZTT Econova Homes, Applied Materials and other sponsors were acknowledged. Team SJTU hope to cooperate deeply and comprehensively with those enterprises and accomplish the goal of mutually rewarding.