San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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Competing in the 2011 Solar Decathlon The Solar Decathlon is a high-profile international competition sponsored by the U.S.Department of Energy where university students design, build, and demonstrate solar poweredhomes that are fully operational and cost effective. It is held every other year and has drawn inexcess of 300,000 spectators plus significant national and international media coverage. Thisproject is large and complex, even for a research university where students routinely participatein a variety of national and international competitions. Students have two years to make thehome a reality, but the project encompasses far more than design and construction. Tasks likefundraising, public relations, marketing, and logistics are also significant efforts. In fact, theteamwork aspect of the Solar Decathlon might be one of the lasting legacies of the project.Students and faculty from nearly a dozen different departments that wouldn’t normally haveclose collaborations are working together to get this project accomplished. This paper willdiscuss one team’s strategy for competing successfully and provide insight about what outcomesother universities can expect by participating in this event.
Hutzel, W., & Shaurette, M., & Loss, B. W., & Rodgers, K. (2012, June), Competing in the 2011 Solar Decathlon Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21093
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