05 January 2011
Competition for the 2011 Solar Decathlon began nearly two years ago when the teams battled their peers for one of the 20 places in the Solar Village to be assembled on the National Mall in Washington DC in the Fall.
To secure a spot, each team submitted extensive proposals, including models of their conceptual designs. Along the way, there are dates upon which the teams must submit "deliverables" to the DOE for review, at which time a portion of the teams' grant is released to them. Yesterday, for example, the computer aided walkthrough and scale models had to be submitted. Many of the teams will take their scale models to display at the National Association of Home Builder’s Show in Orlando, Florida 12-14 January.
Between now and 22 March (the deliverable date for all construction details to be complete), the teams will be hard at work finalizing designs. You can support these teams with donations of funding, materials and other support. The following links take you to each team’s page on the Solar Decathlon web site:
Florida International University
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington
The Ohio State University
Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology
The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology
Team Belgium: Ghent University
Team Canada: University of Calgary
Team China: Tongji University
Team Florida: The University of South Florida, Florida State University, The University of Central Florida, and The University of Florida
Team Massachusetts: Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Team New Jersey: Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology
Team New York: The City College of New York
Tidewater Virginia: Old Dominion University and Hampton University
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland
The University of Tennessee
Solar Novus Today will provide continued coverage of the efforts of teams of architectural and engineering students as they prepare for the competition.
Photo Caption: In the last US Solar Decathlon in 2009, Team Spain's solar-powered house glows at night during the Lighting Design contest on the National Mall in the Washington, D.C. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)