WVU is partnering with a college in Italy with hopes of winning the 2015 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
University President E. Gordon Gee was on hand to announce the partnership, July 29, in the school’s new engineering building.
Ten students from the University of Rome Tor Vergata will assist WVU students in building an affordable, attractive and energy-efficient solar powered home.
The students will construct the house on the Evansdale campus, and Gee said they’ll have to think creatively to complete it.
“The whole purpose of the project is to think of new ways for us to preserve energy, to make good use of energy, for us to create new businesses and industries out of energy creation, and so this is a very, very important kind of a project for engineering schools and engineering students,” said Gee.
Guests at today’s announcement took virtual tours of the home the students will construct.
WVU is one of 16 schools in the Solar Decathlon. The competition takes place in California this October.