Baltimore-based Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., awarded more than $380,000 in grants to fund student projects in 10 states focusing on energy science, technology and education.
The 17 projects are being done by students ranging from sixth grade to college.
In Maryland, grants of $25,000 each were given to Coppin State University and the University of Maryland, College Park.
In Coppin State’s program, 240 students from Blueford Jamison STEM Academy, Carver Vocational Technical High School, Al-Rahmah High School and Coppin Academy High School will be coached by faculty, a researcher, a technician and 30 college students on energy storage and charging system technologies and how they can be used to make a solar light rail.
University of Maryland, College Park plans to use the funds for its entry in the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, in which college teams design, build and operate solar-powered houses. The event is set for October 2017 in Denver, Colorado. University of Maryland College Park’s last entry, in 2011, was awarded first place.
Other student projects funded by the grants include installing and studying luminescent solar concentrators, building and racing electric vehicles, designing wind turbines, scientific testing of fuel cells, and evaluation of energy storage technologies.