1:00PM — Cowgill 300
Please join the Industrial Design Program and representatives from the Floyd Energy Fest for the completion of our first program wide competition on Friday, February 1st, at 1pm in Cowgill 300. Student teams comprise of at least one student from the 2nd year, 3rd year, and 4th year industrial design studios working together to address this design brief:
As the global human population continues to grow and competes more for finite energy resources, fresh ideas to harness alternative energy sources and promote energy conservation have never been more relevant. Solar power, or photovoltaic (PV) systems, offer a growing opportunity to supplement or replace existing energy systems based on the use of fossil fuels or other energy sources. As PV’s and battery technology becomes more efficient and less energy intensive to produce, they will likely be able to replace current electric systems for homes and industry. But renewable energy by itself is not enough. We must find ways to reduce demand and consumption. The more efficient and less wasteful we are as consumers and homeowners the better opportunity we have to replace the use of fossil fuels. Energy efficient technology has made great strides – lighting, energy efficient buildings, Energy Star appliances, etc., but our decision making related to conserving energy and being less wasteful has not progressed the way that it needs to. Saving energy is maximized by combining conservation (behavior based) and energy efficiency (technology based).
In this one-and-a-half week quick fire challenge, design and conceive of an energy solution, product, or service that promotes both renewable energy and energy conservation.