With weeks to go before the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, we are pleased to introduce our final teams who hail from the University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.
These teams are putting all of their creativity and determination into innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. Read-on to discover their strategies for success.
As the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 draws another week closer and the teams make their final preparations for travel, we have four more teams to spotlight participating in the competition this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. This week, meet the teams from Northern Arizona University, The Pennsylvania State University, Universidad del Turabo, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.
From the frigid north of Alaska to the tropical island of Puerto Rico, this year's competition shows that wind energy can be found all over the globe.
Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.
The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 kicks off Monday, May 23 with the competitors testing their wind technology and concluding on Wednesday, May 25 at the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER conference in New Orleans. The Collegiate Wind Competition will gather 12 teams of talented university students from across the country for an intense competition to showcase their advancements in wind energy.
Deep in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon, an extensive data collection effort is underway. It’s all part of the Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain’s (WFIP 2) effort to improve wind forecasts. From October 2015 through mid-2017, scientists will collect and analyze meteorological data in order to improve wind forecasts in regions of complex terrain, such as mountains, valleys, and river gorges. Our aim is to generate better forecasts that will help make wind power more reliable, efficient, and easier to integrate into the power grid.
A team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the capability of wind energy to stabilize the nation's electrical grid when conventional power plants shut down. A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, connected to a cutting edge grid simulator, is being tested at the National Wind Technology Center.
The Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition traveled to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the first-ever Allegheny Region contest. A team from the University of Pennsylvania, which has developed a data-drive model for predicting a building’s power consumption, was crowned the winner and took home the $50,000 prize. Teams from the University of Maryland, Drexel University, and Carnegie Mellon University also secured additional prize money.