Posted by: Karen Smith | April 25, 2011

Solar Power on Display at Rutgers Day

Visitors to Rutgers Day will have an opportunity to explore a virtual prototype of the innovative solar-powered structure.

A 1,000-square-foot home with a distinctive inverted roof, exterior walls of precast concrete, and nearly 40 solar panels may be the harbinger of housing’s next generation.

That’s the hope of a team of students that is taking its vision to Washington this fall for an international competition.

Visitors to Rutgers Day will have an opportunity to explore a virtual prototype of the innovative solar-powered structure. They also can see presentations about other Rutgers solar initiatives that are significantly reducing the university’s dependence on fossil fuels.

“We are enormously proud that Rutgers University is at the forefront of developing renewable energy sources,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick. “It is particularly gratifying that people from across New Jersey who attend Rutgers Day will be able to see firsthand the impressive solar-power initiatives of our faculty, students and staff.”

Students and faculty, along with staff from the university’s Department of Facilities and Capital Planning, will participate in the Rutgers Day solar-power demonstration on Voorhees Mall, near Seminary Place on the College Avenue Campus. President McCormick is scheduled to stop by the demonstration when he tours the campus on Rutgers Day at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Get more information here or check out this video to see parts of the virtual tour in action:


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