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Monday, March 19, 2007

2007 Solar Decathlon

Probably one of the coolest uses of brain power from some of our top universities, the Solar Decathlon pits teams of college students against one another in a contest to see who has designed and built the most efficient 100% solar powered house. The team from CMU is led by green building guru and professor of architecture Stephen Lee, who recently received an award for his green leadership. The team, made up of students from several schools across campus, will be presenting its design to the community this Wedsnesday, March 21st.

From the DOE's website:

What is the Solar Decathlon?

Twenty teams have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in the 2007 Solar Decathlon. The teams, from colleges and universities around the globe, participate in an unparalleled solar competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home. In fall 2007, the teams transport their solar houses to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where they form a solar village. The teams compete in 10 contests to determine an overall winner. Using only energy from the sun, the teams generate enough electricity to run a modern household. With an eye on energy efficiency, the students carefully choose the systems, products, and appliances used in their houses.


Brian said...
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Brian said...

Chris and Jon, love what you guys are doing here. I enjoy your content, and I appreciate the emphasis on green as it relates to bus, tech, and politics. Makes it more relevent to the everyday reader.

In terms of yesterday's post, I hadn't heard of the Solar Decathlon until I caught wind of it on your site. Sounds like an awesome project though, and an ineresting way to get bright minds thinking in terms of curve-jumping innovations. Do you guys plan to post additional information about the competition as it unfolds?

Schultz said...

Thank you for the kind words. We'll post more on the competition and on the CMU team's progress. If schedules permit we're going to try to make it down to DC to check out the solar village. CMU's design looked pretty friggin sweet on paper so I expect them do well down there.