U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu has announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the DOE Solar Decathlon 2013, as well as unveiled the competition's location: the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The Solar Decathlon was previously held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The 20 teams from colleges and universities will now begin a two-year process to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient homes that combine affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence. Throughout the two-year process, the teams will design, construct and test their homes before reassembling them at the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition site.Â
As part of the Solar Decathlon, teams compete in 10 different categories – ranging from best architecture and engineering to energy production for heating and cooling – while gaining real-world experience in a growing global industry, the DOE says.
The following teams have been selected:
– Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico;
– Czech Technical University;
– Hampton University and Old Dominion University;
– Middlebury College;
– Missouri University of Science and Technology;
– Norwich University;
– Queens University, Carleton University and Algonquin College;
– Santa Clara University;
– The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology;
– Stanford University;
– Stevens Institute of Technology;
– The Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University;
– The University of North Carolina at Charlotte;
– The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College;
– The University of Calgary;
– Thr University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky;
– The University of Nevada Las Vegas;
– The University of Southern California;
– Vienna University of Technology; and
– West Virginia University.