Student Clean-Energy Competition Sites Set

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has picked the six sites for those student clean energy competitions it announced a few months ago. The department said the University of Maryland, MITCaltech, the University of Colorado, the Clean Energy Trust of Chicago and Rice University will each receive $360,000 over three years to host regional events in the National University Clean Energy Business Challenge.

The DOE is supplying $100,000 for each of the regional winners, who would then advance to a national competition. The first regional competitions will be completed by May 1, 2012, the department said.

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“By promoting innovation at our nation’s universities and cultivating America’s next generation scientific and technical leaders, we will ensure our nation’s competiveness in the clean energy economy of tomorrow,” said DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Henry Kelly. “The awards announced today support the Administration’s continued effort to ensure that America has the workforce we need to secure our energy future, create jobs here at home, and win the future.”

The DOE said the “regional competitions aim to connect student teams with opportunities to accelerate clean energy technologies developed at universities and national labs into the marketplace and to mentor young entrepreneurs in the business of clean energy innovation.” The regional competitions will be completed by May 1, 2012.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.

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