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Collegiate Wind Competition

A year-long program, the Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate student teams from across the country to design, build, and test a prototype wind turbine. In the inaugural competition, students focused on creating a transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. As part of the competition, students gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and learn to think outside of the box to push wind turbine technology forward.

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students from a variety of programs to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy project using the three multi-faceted elements highlighted below; providing each student with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce.

Develop and Deliver a Business Plan

Write and present a market research-supported business plan that shapes the design and development of the team's technical product into a marketable wind power system. Learn more.

Establish a Deployment Strategy

Identify a project site for the team's power system and develop a deployment plan based upon siting constraints and expected challenges, then present their well-researched deployment strategy. Learn more.

Build and Test a Wind Turbine

Design, build, and present a unique, wind-driven power system based on market research and test the wind turbine in an on-site wind tunnel. Learn more.