Solar Decathlon 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is grateful to the following supporting sponsors for their contributions to Solar Decathlon 2013.
Alliance for Sustainable Energy
The Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. A limited liability company, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy is equally owned and governed by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle. For Solar Decathlon 2013, the Alliance is pleased to provide uniforms for event organizers.
Applied Materials Foundation
The Applied Materials Foundation is proud to support the Solar Decathlon as it works to engage the innovators of tomorrow in clean technology today. The Foundation, funded by Applied Materials—a global leader in providing manufacturing solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic industries—celebrates the achievements of the solar decathletes as they promote the benefits of renewable energy.
Ingersoll Rand advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable, and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Schlage, Thermo King, and Trane—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.
Irvine Ranch Water District
Established in 1961 as a California Water District, the Irvine Ranch Water District provides drinking water, sewage collection and treatment, recycled water, and urban runoff treatment to Central Orange County, California. Irvine Ranch Water District encompasses nearly 181 square miles and serves the City of Irvine and portions of Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, and unincorporated Orange County. Irvine Ranch Water District is providing drinking water to the collegiate team participants for the entire on-site duration of Solar Decathlon 2013 as well as water service delivery and removal to the team competition houses.
University of California Irvine
Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving employment hub in one of the nation's safest cities, University of California Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, it's ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus claims three Nobel laureates and is known for academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and its anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It's Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy. In support of Solar Decathlon 2013, UC Irvine sponsored the competition observer corps and helped recruit volunteers for School Day.
Leverage Information Systems
A full-service IT systems integrator supporting the network technology for the Solar Decathlon village and XPO, LEVERAGE supports some of the most important networks in the world, including those for national security; intelligence; defense; federal, state and local government; national science programs; and finance, healthcare, and enterprise customers.
MicroPlanet products are used by utilities, businesses, and homeowners to optimize incoming voltage, improve power quality, and manage bidirectional distributed energy from solar PV and wind. Its technology regulates voltage steplessly, with unrivalled speed and accuracy. It is proud to be at its second Solar Decathlon to ensure, once again, that the microgrid provides consistent, optimized voltage to each contestant and ensure that the energy generated by each team's solar PV installation is integrated smoothly back onto the microgrid. Congratulations to all the teams competing in Solar Decathlon 2013.