Texas State students win Net Impact energy competition

Texas State University’s Net Impact chapter in the McCoy College of Business Administration has won first place in the Future of Energy Challenge, a competition sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell.

The students won the competition with their solar energy concept, which utilized the benefits of decentralized power generation. The team will present its project at the Powering Progress Together Conference and Shell Eco-marathon in San Francisco,  April 18-20.

The team included Nikita Demidov and Joseph Fisher, undergraduate finance majors; Cedrik Chavez, an undergraduate studying digital media and innovation; and Milad Korde, a Ph.D. student in geographic information science. Kaitlyn Hering, Taylor Hermes and Nicole Majeske, students in the School of Art and Design, assisted in crafting the final submission and presentation materials. Muhammad Abdullah, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, was also a member of the team.

“The project was an incredible learning experience for everyone on the team,” Demidov said. “We started the project knowing almost nothing on the topic, but now we are  almost fluent in it. I hope more students from all departments will take on opportunities like that and expand beyond their academic curriculum.”

The students’ project used existing solar technology to create a “blockchain,” a decentralized system of generating power which allows consumers to purchase and sell power.

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