U.S. Department of Energy Announces 2011 Solar Decathlon Student Teams

Solar DecathlonA student team from Stevens Institute of Technology has officially been announced as a participant in the 2011 Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Held on the National Mall in Washington, DC in the Fall of 2011, the Solar Decathlon is a competition that challenges students to design, build and operate the most affordable, attractive, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

This project supports the Administration’s goal of creating a clean energy economy while saving American families and businesses money and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
“These students are tomorrow’s leaders in helping develop a clean energy economy,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Their innovative projects will help raise public awareness about energy efficiency, help save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution.”

Selection for this event is both prestigious and rewarding. As one of twenty teams selected from countries around the world, Stevens students exemplify the focus on green initiatives and sustainable engineering that can so greatly benefit local communities and governments.

About the Stevens Team

Better Together, Student Design, Solar DecathlonFor their entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon, Stevens has partnered with the New School in New York. Their submission entitled, “Better Together,” is designed to “provide solar-powered Habitat for Humanity housing for residents of the low-income Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7 in Washington, DC."

Better Together consists of two symbiotic modules that unite to form a functioning solar duplex. Each module is sustainable on its own, but they achieve peak efficiency when joined together. Module One will be assembled in Deanwood, and Module Two will be displayed on the National Mall for Solar Decathlon 2011. After the competition, the two modules will be connected to form a duplex that will comfortably house two families in need.

To learn more, please visit the Solar Decathlon website!

For more information on green opportunities at Stevens, please visit [email protected].