An Update from our Engineering Advisor Dr. Mark Walter:
Just a quick note to let you know where things stand. I am headed back to DC this morning and still need to pack. I am excited to get back, but I will have to remember to keep out of the Team's way. Our fantastic student-team doesn't need me meddling with their routine. Below is a list of OSU students (some recently graduated) who have made the trip to DC.
We moved into 2nd place with our 4th place finish in the Affordability Contest. enCORE was estimated at about $286k; not bad for such a high tech, one-off prototype. This gave us 96.4/100 points for this contest. Maryland's house was estimated in the $330k range, but Purdue came in at just a couple hundred dollars below $250k. Thus Purdue jumped into the lead and Maryland slipped behind us. We had hoped to do slightly better with Affordability, but the fact that FirstSolar does not sell directly to the public left us with an overly high estimate for our solar array. One of the reasons we approached FirstSolar for a donation was because of the affordability of their panels. Perhaps there will be a time in the future when we can walk into HomeDepot and purchase FirstSolar modules for our houses :).
Last night was movie night and today is another dinner party. President Gee will be visiting the house in the early afternoon. The Architecture Contest points will be awarded during a ceremony at the Capitol Visitor's Center at 2:30. We are anticipating another points shakeup. Stay tuned.