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April 20, 2011

Ohio State University Readies for its Encore at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

The Ohio State University Team enCore is getting ramped up for its second run at the Solar Decathlon as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 this fall. After placing 10th during the 2009 competition, the team is looking to bring a bigger, tougher and more efficient house to this year's event.

Mark Walter, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, provided an insider's perspective. "Our goals are not too different [compared to 2009]," said Walter, who is also a faculty advisor to the team. "With the additional experience we're looking to reach out to the community and really bringing the best possible product to the Mall." In addition, Walter said enCore is looking to solve sustainable design problems with its original home through better efficiency, tighter construction, and smarter engineering. See the Energy Blog entry.