Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the eleven teams selected to participate in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition. Considered the country's most prominent undergraduate-level wind energy competition, the Collegiate Wind Competition challenges teams of college students to develop a wind energy project and design, build, and test a model wind turbine.

"The Collegiate Wind Competition is intended to inspire students and help develop the trained, qualified workers needed for continued growth in the U.S. wind industry," said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. "We’re excited to see what innovations these future wind workers bring to the 2022 competition."

The colleges and universities selected to participate in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition, which is scheduled to take place May 16–19, 2022, at the CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, are:

  • Brigham Young University
  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Washington State University Everett

Since 2014, DOE has held the Collegiate Wind Competition to provide college students an opportunity to interact with wind industry experts and build the skills and connections that will help them find jobs in the industry.

The participating teams will combine the expertise of students from a variety of programs, such as engineering, business, communications, and social science to develop state-of-the-art wind energy solutions. Participants will integrate academic coursework with hands-on learning, gain valuable wind energy experience, and connect with today’s industry leaders while preparing to enter the wind energy workforce.