Tuesday, October 9, 2007

BP Solar Decathlon

There is a wonderful event going on this weekend on the National Mall in Washington DC. It's the BP Solar Decathlon and honestly--of all of the events that go on in this country--this is one most of us can get behind.

In this event that there are 20 university teams from around the world competing to design, build and operate livable, every-efficient, and completely solar-powered houses. BP has been involved in the Solar Decathlon since it's first competition back in 2002, and this year they are one of the main corporate sponsors--and only sponsor representing an Energy company. They are sponsoring this event as part of their commitment to discovering cost effective, clean energy solutions for our everyday living. This is remarkable because it's unheard of among other energy companies--who look to the dwindling future of our natural resources as an inevitable windfall to their bottom line!

Imagine, a big energy company working to save us money in the future! Like I said--unheard of!

There is a fun side to this wonderful event! BP has created a blog in which all of the teams can write posts throughout the competition. There is even an on site reporter giving us the behind the scenes 4-1-1! You can find this fun blog over at www.BPSolarDecathlon.com. You can also read up on the teams. Quite impressive--there are teams from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and even international teams representing Madrid, Puerto Rico and Montreal--just to name a few!

I do have to give a shout out to our own team from here---Knock their socks off University of Illinois!!


Jerad Kaliher said...

Wow, I've seen the race events that include solar cars but this type of project with homes has never been brought to my attention.

What a great idea! The last time I looked into alternative energy sources I got a little depressed because they really don't provide enough for it to be cost effective under a 20 year lifespan.

I think if more projects like this push the boundaries of what is possible that alternative energy may take it's rightful place in society.