Collegiate Wind Competition for Undergraduate Student Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges teams of undergraduate students to design and build a model wind turbine based on market research and siting considerations, develop a business plan to market their products, and test their turbines against a set of rigorous performance criteria. 

The competition:

  • Is multidisciplinary
  • Intertwines academic coursework with hands-on learning
  • Provides real-world experience as students prepare to enter the workforce
  • Introduces next generation workforce to industry
  • Partners with K-12 programs to encourage entrance into higher academia

During the competition, student teams design full-scale wind turbines for a high contribution renewable scenario with the opportunity to operate in an islanded mode, (off-grid or on-grid power system) to provide reliable and continuous service to an undefined load, and build a scaled version for testing in a wind tunnel. They also present their business and technical design plans to a panel of experts and demonstrate wind energy’s local and global benefits to communities through public presentations. Note that student teams are required to have a supporting faculty member, who will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the team's proposal.

Review the competition's website for more information about the program and upcoming deadlines. 

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