Solar Decathlon Teams SelectedBy Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer Published: April 29th, 2010
Twenty college teams have been picked to compete in next year’s Solar Decathlon, which is guaranteed to have a new winner.
Team Germany, which won the 2007 and 2009 events, was not selected by the Department of Energy to participate this time.
A panel of engineers, scientists and experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory evaluated all applications. Each had to meet certain criteria including demonstrated viability and the ability to raise funds beyond the $100,000 DOE provides each team.
“The Solar Decathlon is a great project to educate and train the next generation of professionals in the emerging and needed fields of sustainable buildings and renewable energy,” said Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, a mechanical engineering professor at The City College of New York, who is advising his school’s team.
CCNY’s entry, called a Solar Roof Pod, is designed to take advantage of often underutilized rooftops in big cities, which can provide access to solar energy, wind, water and roof-top greenery.
CCNY will be one of 17 new teams competing in the fall 2011 event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Schools from 14 states as well as Belgium, Canada, China and New Zealand will vie to build and operate solar-powered homes. The structures are judged in 10 contests, including architecture, market appeal and affordability.