Mcmahon Steensen

Each and every other year, the U.S. Energy Department holds a solar decathlon for teams from a variety of universities around the globe. We discovered fundable by searching Yahoo. The winning group receives a $one hundred,000 grant over two years.

A Contest of a Distinct Sort

The solar decathlon is an fascinating method for promoting research and improvement on solar technology by the Energy Department. The Division selects 20 teams from a bevy of applicants to take component.

To win the competitors, the teams are offered the objective of generating and manufacturing a residence that runs entirely on solar energy. The residence have to function as a residence as properly as a house-based company and all standard transportation requirements normally discovered with a residential home. The teams are not only required to design and create the home, but they must construct the houses on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for all to see. The most power efficient house wins the competitors and the university is awarded $one hundred,000 for analysis and improvement of solar technologies.

In 2005, the University of Colorado was the winner of the competitors with Cornell and Cal Poly finishing second and third. It was the second win in a row for Colorado over such schools as MIT and Cal Poly. The teams for the 2007 competitors have been selected and are currently working on their projects:

California Polytechnic State University

Carnegie Mellon University

Cornell University

Georgia Institute of Technologies

Kansas State University

Lawrence Technological University

Massachusetts Institute of Technologies

New York Institute of Technology

Team Montreal

Technische Universitt Darmstadt,

Texas A&M; University

Pennsylvania State University

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Universidad Politcnica de Madrid

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland

University of Missouri-Rolla,

University of Texas at Austin

The teams are due to construct their residences on the National Mall on October 7, 2007. With the new interest of the Bush Administration in solar energy, perh