UNC Charlotte Preparing for Solar Decathlon


by Casie Kolbinsky

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Faculty, students and guests gathered Wednesday on the University of North Carolina - Charlotte campus to work on the school's entry in the Solar Decathlon.

UNC Charlotte was one of 20 universities from across the world chosen to compete in the competition.

The contest began in 2002 and has since grown to be one of the most highly anticipated design competitions in the world.

UNC Charlotte faculty and students call their project "Urban Eden."

The project is entirely solar powered, and its walls are made up of a new type of concrete that has a 90 percent reduction in carbon footprint.

Industrial company Ingersoll Rand donated $100,000 for the project.

The Solar Decathlon will take place in October in California.






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