Solar Decathlon Team Gets Some Expert Advice

Solar Decathlon Team Gets Some Expert Advice

SCE staff lends technical expertise and business connections to Team Orange County.

Moritz Limpinsel, left, the student project engineer for Team Orange County, shows Will Vicent, an SCE project manager for Emerging Products and liaison to the team, some equipment the team will put in the solar house they are building.

Team Orange County students install drywall in the solar house they are building at Irvine Valley College.

Team Orange County members work inside the solar house they are building at Irvine Valley College.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 1:00pm

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If anybody should know how to build a solar-powered house, it’s Moritz Limpinsel. The 32-year-old native of Germany has devoted his studies to solar cells, just completing a Ph.D. in chemistry and materials physics at the University of California, Irvine.

But like most of the 100 students on this year’s Team Orange County solar decathlon team, he had never built a solar-powered house.

However, Team OC — a joint effort of students from Chapman UniversityIrvine Valley CollegeSaddleback College and UC Irvine — is not alone in trying to figure things out. Southern California Edison (SCE) and its parent company Edison International not only donated a combined $150,000 to the team, but are also providing technical expertise. Separately, Edison International also donated $250,000 to support the Solar Decathlon, which runs Oct. 8-18 at the Orange County Great Park.

Read full story in Edison's Online Newsroom.

CATEGORY: Environment