Posted: October 08, 2009Competition begins today for Ohio State’s first solar house entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Ohio State’s energy-efficient solar house, which was built next to Ohio Stadium all summer, is now located with 19 other competitors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The teams will be judged in 10 contests that evaluate engineering, architecture, comfort and other aspects of the house. The students will have to perform everyday tasks, including cooking, laundry and washing dishes, to test the energy efficiency of their homes.
Ohio State political science student Lucas Dixon has been selected to make remarks at the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. today. Houses are open for public tours Oct. 9-13 and 15-18. The winning team will be announced Oct. 16.
There are many ways you can keep tabs on Ohio State’s team during the next week:
- The team blog: The Ohio State team members are posting updates from a blog on their site. Watch for new entries under the “Latest News” heading.
- Webcams: For this year’s Solar Decathlon, OxBlue Corp. is providing three solar-powered, high-definition construction cameras for the event. One has Ohio State’s house in the foreground. It’s the gray one on the left.
- The official U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon site. Scores and standings are posted at the top of the page. Also see Ohio State's own page.
- Solar Decathlon YouTube channel. Here’s an Ohio State video.
- Ohio State College of Engineering on Facebook
- Ohio State College of Engineering on Twitter (Follow tag #sdosu.)