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Friday, Oct. 19, 2007

The Solar Decathlon competition wrapped up Friday with Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany earning first place honors, followed by the University of Maryland in second place and Santa Clara University in third.

Texas A&M finished 17th, ahead of Kansas (18th), Cornell (19th), and Lawrence Tech (20th). The University of Texas dropped to a 10th place finish and last year’s winner, the University of Colorado, earned seventh place.

The Aggies scored well on the appliance contest (1st place), the market viability contest (8th place), and the comfort, hot water and getting around contests (9th place for each). Unfortunately, the depletion of the batteries on Wednesday evening by the dehumidifier robbed them of the electricity needed to finish strong on Friday.

Saturday the houses will be open for public viewing 10 a.m.-5 p.m., then the teams will pack up their houses and head home. Most are planning to reassemble at their respective entries in new locations close to home.

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