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Bombard Interns Shine at the Solar Decathlon 2013

For three years, Bombard Renewable Energy has worked closely with Team Las Vegas and DesertSol, UNLV’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.  Team Las Vegas finished 2nd overall in the 19 team competition that featured teams from around the world. Teams were scored on their achievement in ten different categories, including Market Appeal, where Team Las Vegas was awarded 1st place by the judges.

Bombard is proud to have been a part of the team from the beginning, as a Silver Sponsor donating the 30 panel SunPower solar PV system, and also through their UNLV interns. From their first UNLV interns in 2010 through their current roster of UNLV student talent, Bombard has had the privilege to work daily with Team Las Vegas.

Sam Tuala, a current UNLV intern at Bombard, managed the fire suppression system on DesertSol.  “It felt so good,” said Sam about UNLV’s 2nd place finish.  “Looking back on all the time every team member has sacrificed and all the different bumps in the road we went through, that moment made the past two years worth it.”

“I was overwhelmed with excitement,” explained Vu Tran, Bombard’s first UNLV intern, about hearing that Team Las Vegas finished in 2nd place overall.  Vu was the Solar Photovoltaic System Designer on DesertSol and followed Team Las Vegas closely while currently working as an engineer in Arizona.

The competition was held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.  The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and has since occurred every two years in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.   This was the competition’s first year in Irvine, having been held previously on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Jack Cheney is another current UNLV intern at Bombard and is majoring in mechanical engineering.  “I learned that projects like this require teamwork and being willing to put extra effort out when others can’t,” said Jack about working on DesertSol.  “This is something you can’t learn from a classroom alone.”

Bombard is very proud to have played a small part in the success of Team Las Vegas and would like to congratulate UNLV on their achievement.   Like the rest of us, we at Bombard are looking forward to the continued success of this talented young group.

 

How did they finish?

A look at the final standings in the Solar Decathlon 2013

 
  1. Team Austria 11. Santa Clara  
  2. Team Las Vegas 12. Norwich  
  3. Czech Republic 13. North Carolina  
  4. Stevens Institute of Technology 14. SCI-Arc/Caltech  
  5. Stanford University 15. Kentucky/Indiana  
  6. Team Ontario 16. Missouri S&T  
  7. Team Capitol DC 17. AZ State/New Mexico  
  8. Middlebury College 18. Team Texas  
  9. Team Alberta 19. West Virginia  
  10. U of So Cal