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The Solar Decathlon, a competition among 20 universities to build the best solar-powered house, opened last week at the National Mall in Washington. CNET News.com's Martin LaMonica talks with students, government officials and advisers about the market viability of solar energy, as well as the secrets to winning.
The University of Colorado at Boulder has won the last two Solar Decathlon competitions, in which 20 universities build solar-powered homes and assemble them on the National Mall in Washington. This year, the University of Colorado team chose to focus on a highly modular and flexible design that could work for a range of settings, from cities to the suburbs. Student team leader Chad Corbin explains how Colorado Boulder intends to win again.
The Solar Decathlon, a competition among 20 universities to build the best solar-powered house, opened last week at the National Mall in Washington. CNET News.com's Martin LaMonica talks with students, government officials and advisers about the market vi
Santa Clara University student Yasemin Kimyacioglu talks to Martin LaMonica from CNET News.com about the green features of the Mission style home her university entered into the Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C., a competition to build the best solar-powered house. It's the university's first entrance into the competition.
Charlie Gay, general manager of Applied Materials' solar business, speaks to CNET News.com's Martin LaMonica about solar industry dynamics at the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. Gay, who has worked in the business for over 30 years, says large-scale manufacturing will bring down the price of solar electricity. Investments will result in incremental improvements in panel efficiency, rather than huge technology breakthroughs, he says.
The U.S. Navy is installing a $1.9 million solar-powered parking lot at its California base; E-fuel turns your waste into ethanol; and does working from home save energy?
Just like a sunflower turns its head toward the sun, smart and efficient solar panels must do the same for maximum energy absorption. CNET's Kara Tsuboi visits Qbotix in Menlo Park, Calif., where the company introduced a new robotic tracking system that mechanically pivots solar panels, saving energy and money.
We take an all-electric moped through New York's Central Park, you can track energy usage at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and a solar-powered iPod may be in the works.
On the Green Show this week, we wrap up results from the Solar Decathlon, find out what percentage of consumers would purchase a green phone, and talk about why you can't always trust the Energy Star label.
On the Green Show this week, energy-efficient light bulbs, a look at the Maingear Pulse gaming PC, and a study on the greenness of an e-reader.