Nova Solar Glazing Awarded $15,000 Grand Prize at Environmental Innovation Challenge Seattle, Washington—March 30, 2017 Nova Solar Glazing, an interdisciplinary team of nine Western Washington University students, took home the Wells Fargo grand prize at the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. The competition involved 21 teams from six universities, each presenting unique solutions […]
Sometimes when I get caught up in all the talk about sustainability and saving the world, I forget about the fact I am a business student and should focus on how this project, and clean energy in general, will actually make money. Part of the academic competition process was writing a business plan of our […]
The America First Energy Policy states three things, American energy is vital to the economy, security, and the environment. Yet it leaves out solar, a source of energy that meets all three requirements. Shale oil and clean coal are mentioned, both of which have harmful effects on the environment. Last year Oklahoma, home to the […]
Here’s some of the recent work of the chemistry team with quantum dots.
A 2013 article by Bridle, Vrieling, Cardillo, Araya, and Hinojosa speaks to the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary teams and how the future is likely to be shaped by such work as teams like this become more popular. While the article primarily focuses on researchers in the early stages of their career, the application to […]
Two technologies that are changing the way buildings are constructed are solar tiles and super-efficient windows. Solar tiles are improvement over regular roofing tiles, which are constructed using energy intensive processes and only protect the building from the elements. Unlike traditional roof-mounted panels, solar tiles are incorporated directly into building construction and both protect and […]
Tourouvre au Perche, a village in France that I am destined to keep Ctrl-Ving, made news last month in unveiling the first solar road. The one kilometer stretch of street is made up of 2800 solar panels coated with resin and silicon and engineered to withstand traffic. Critics have complained of the cost, 10 million […]
Making energy from the sun is not a new idea, but students and faculty at Western Washington University are hoping to create windows that can generate power. The windows would be almost as transparent as regular glass, but would add a photovoltaic cell to the frame as well as sensors that can communicate with the […]