Department of Energy’s SunShot Projects
The SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. As part of the initiative, the Department announced seven data-driven projects that will bring to light new opportunities to lower costs and advance solar energy deployment in the U.S.A. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Through powerful analytical tools developed by our nation’s top universities and national labs, we can gain unparalleled insight into solar deployment that will help lower the cost of solar power and create new businesses and jobs.”
The Energy Department is investing funds in these projects to assist with these new discoveries to improve solar cell efficiency and reduce costs.
DOE Green Energy site, offers more information on the SunShot Initiative
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DOE’s Solar Decathlon – Building the Future
The Solar Decathlon is being held September 23–October 2, 2011, at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
19 teams from universities from the US and around the world are competing in the sixth running of the Solar Decathlon. Each team’s home is monitored for its performance in five areas relating to performance and livability: comfort (maintaining comfortable temperature and humidity in the home), hot water (producing a sufficient quantity for washing and bathing), appliances (such as keeping refrigerated items at the right temperature), home entertainment (running lights, computers and other devices) and energy balance. For the energy balance portion, homes must even out energy consumption and generation so that they use zero net energy over the course of a week. Other contests rate the teams for their communications with the public, as well as the affordability, architecture, engineering and market appeal of their homes. The winner of the competition will be announced on October 1.
To learn more about solar energy and other green energy technologies, go to the DOE Green Energy Portal and find results from valuable sources of DOE research and development information, including DOE databases of technical reports and patents that arefiltered for green energy related subjects such as solar, hydro, geothermal, wind energy, energy storage, tidal and wave power, direct energy conversion, nuclear fuel cycle, biomass, synthetic...
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