Energy efficiency has become a major concern for both first- and third-world countries, especially in light of the ever rising crude oil prices. As such, alternate means of harnessing energy are being constantly sought in an attempt to drastically reduce energy costs. To this end, natural gas, solar, hydrogen, wind, and water energies have been employed to reduce costs and improve efficiency in many countries around the world. BP is an oil and gas company that is constantly looking for ways to harness such energies, with an increasing focus on solar energy. As a part of their drive to foster the use of solar energy, the BP Solar Decathlon has returned wherein 20 university teams from around the world are given the tasks of designing, building and operating livable, every-efficient, and completely solar-powered houses. BP sponsors this special event as part of their commitment to discovering cost effective, clean energy solutions for everyday living. This decathlon will thus ultimately aid in the building of an increased awareness of the uses of solar power on a wider scale than it is being used now.
BP, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, presents the BP Solar Decathlon every other year, which this year runs from October 11ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“19, culminating in a week-long competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC . It is interesting to note that BP is one of the main corporate sponsors, and the only energy company sponsor, of the 2007 Solar Decathlon, having been a part of this event from its inception in 2002. In addition to their involvement with solar power research, BP has given a 10-year $500 million grant to the Energy Biosciences Institute to find bioscience solutions aimed at reducing the impact of energy consumption on the environment. In addition, the Nerefco wind farm, which they jointly own, generates enough zero-carbon energy to power 13,000 average homes, and they produce more than 200 MW of solar technology each year. These facts show that BP is doing its part to make the world a much better place to live, inventing eco-friendly alternatives that will benefit everyone for many years to come.
In furtherance of their support for the BP Solar Decathlon, BP has created a blog at www.bpsolardecathlon.com where all of the teams as well as an on-site reporter will write posts throughout the competition to keep readers updated on the events. This year is geared up to be better than the previous years. The university teams are ready to get the decathlon on the road, having made lots of preparation leading up to the competition. It will be very interesting to see the designs that they come up with. One thing for sure is that they will draw a lot of attention and that BP will be proud of their continued involvement in the event.
The preceding was a paid post.