Dow Corning sponsors US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

Illustrating its commitment to driving innovation in the solar industry, Dow Corning has announced that it will sponsor the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon this year.

The DOE Solar Decathlon, which runs from September 23 to October 2, will challenge 20 collegiate teams “to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.” The winning team will most successfully blend “affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

As I mentioned in an earlier post, chemistry products empower our nation’s efforts to improve energy efficiency and are the source of many innovative technologies currently revolutionizing the way we generate and store energy.

Said Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D. Hansen:

There has never been a more important time to further develop viable, renewable, clean, domestically generated energy sources, and there is no better way to achieve that goal than by challenging great minds from universities all over the world.

Be sure to check out Dow Corning’s Solar Decathlon event page for further information and updates, including plans for a “TwEATup” on Friday, September 23, enabling fans to discuss solar energy and sustainable building on Twitter.

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