The Dow Chemical Company has launched the new International Student Solar Design Competition, sponsored by Dow Solar. The competition is intended to facilitate innovations for economical and sustainable energy homes that would translate and adapt to different world regions. Open to student’s worldwide, participants will be asked to design a building that encompasses three connected dwellings. Each of the dwellings must use active and passive solar technologies in order to accomplish near-zero energy solutions.
Competition registration will open in August with all individual students, student teams or students participating with professionals in an appropriate field for the project goals eligible for entry. The competition will be completely peer-reviewed and held online, which will give participants the ability to interact through individual web pages and judge other submissions against predetermined criteria.
The solar design competition will offer three cash prizes, which will be awarded at a ceremony in 2012. Among the prizes to be won are US$20,000, US$10,000 and US$5,000, with winners determined by a peer review judging process. A different jury of experts and Dow employees will determine the winners for topical prizes such as best of show, green and innovation.
For further information on the competition or to register click here.