The University of Kentucky is one of twenty universities worldwide invited to participate in Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Faculty and students from UK are now assembling their solar house on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The entire trip is being documented by a Vis Center Media for Research intern who is traveling with the group which is comprised of faculty, staff and students from the Colleges of Agriculture, Design and Engineering. Don Colliver, Professor of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering, has been the principal investigator on the project with assistance from a number of engineering faculty and staff. Dozens of corporations and individuals provided contributions including a lead gift of $250,000 provided by E.ON U.S.
Once the competition is completed, the house will be transported back to the Kentucky Horse Park, where it will serve as the visitor’s center for the City of Lexington at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Eventually, the house will probably be located on the UK campus where it will continue to serve as a research facility and other as yet undetermined purposes.
The Vis Center Media Department will complete a half hour documentary which will chronicle the development and construction of the solar house in addition to videos being posted during the three week event.
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LEXINGTON, KY (wuky) – Anyone who’s taken a Western Civilization class is certainly familiar with the sudden and cataclysmic destruction of the Ancient Roman Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Now, thanks to some cutting edge technology being employed by researchers at the University of Kentucky, future students may one day find themselves poring over new chapters in their history textbooks. Jennifer Parker reports.