One competition team looking to contribute to this community is Solar Decathlon, UW. The Decathlon team will be designing and building a residential home that sources its energy purely from sunlight. With the application for the 2019 DOE Solar Decathlon Competition due next fall, members are working hard to lay out the project timeline and complete content submission while coordinating the most efficient technologies and applying practical solutions.
In an effort to address as many issues as possible, the team is constantly prototyping energy consumption and production solutions using reused materials while rethinking what’s possible with current technology. The team's first designs use a small scale house and focus on a high level consideration of energy systems, architecture, and construction. By working to be competitive in each aspect of the competition, the work done each semester will refine and improve the UW Team house with hopes to win the competition.
With this team starting to gain momentum, the Spark Clean Energy hub at UW-Madison is heading in the right direction with the goal of growing the number of teams working on sustainability projects. Through the Spark Clean Energy network, anyone willing to develop ideas and present solutions to display within the house will advance the project while allowing for them to pursue their ideas in separate ventures. Look forward to updates with the projects being done and what is yet to come!
Bill is a fifth year engineering student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program pursuing certificates in both Energy Sustainability and Thermal Energy. With climate change becoming increasingly relevant, Bill is passionate about supporting the global community in advancing sustainable practices and fighting for the planet. He believes there is no better place to contribute to this sort of positive change than in the clean, renewable energy field and energy efficiency!