Team “New Jersey” selected to compete in 2011 Solar Decathlon

Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, representing “Team New Jersey”, was one of twenty teams selected worldwide to compete in the biennial Solar Decathlon in Fall 2011

The United States Department of Energy hosts the biennial Solar Decathlon in hopes of achieving the goal of reducing our dependency on fossils fuels and creating a clean energy economy. With its first competition in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has grown tremendously over the past eight years, establishing itself as a workforce development opportunity and so much more for countless students internationally. Team New Jersey’s entry “eNJoy! The New Jersey Solar House” has advanced to be considered for the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition. Through the expertise of many faculty members, evident by the contributions from research efforts of the Solar Materials lab within the Rutgers University Material Science and Engineering department, the collaboration and support of the RU Center of Green Building and the NJIT College of Architecture and Design, Team New Jersey looks forward to displaying their innovative design against nineteen other teams. The 2011 Solar Decathlon recently announced the twenty collegiate teams that were selected out of a pool of applicants across the world based on the proposals submitted during the summer of 2009. The selected teams will compete to design and operate an attractive, affordable and energy-efficient solar-powered house through a series of ten contests that are based on task completion, monitored performance and Jury evaluation. The teams will be representing five countries and four continents in the next Solar Decathlon which will be held in the National Mall in Washington D.C. in the Fall of 2011. For more information

By: Sayuri Khandavilli