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A student installs his team’s turbine in a wind tunnel for a test during the CWC 2019 Technical Challenge.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind Vision report, wind energy could supply 20% of the nation's electricity by 2030 and 35% by 2035. As the U.S. power generation mix incorporates more wind energy, workers who are better qualified will be needed to fill related jobs at all levels.

To help facilitate filling these roles, DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created the Collegiate Wind Competition in 2014. The competition aims to prepare students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world technology experience. 

Learn more about how to get involved in the Collegiate Wind Competition.

2021 Collegiate Wind Competition

The 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition is scheduled to take place June 7–10, 2021, at AWEA CLEANPOWER in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 2021 competition will challenge teams to research, design, and build a turbine for deployment in highly uncertain times with a great degree of unknown risks and delays. The 2021 event will also feature the new Connection Creation Contest, which will require teams to conduct outreach within the wind industry, their local communities, and local media outlets.

The 2021 competition will be held in a virtual format if necessary. 

Details on the 2021 competition are available in the CWC 2021 Rules and Requirements.

General Competition Timeline

The Collegiate Wind Competition brings together post-secondary students for three days of competition at the AWEA CLEANPOWER annual industry conference.

  • Late summer: DOE announces Request for Proposals (RFP) for the year after the upcoming competition (for example, in late summer 2020, DOE announced the RFP for the 2022 event).
  • Fall: Rules and Requirements published for upcoming (2021) Collegiate Wind Competition
  • Winter: Competing schools selected and announced for the year after the upcoming competition (for example, in winter 2020, DOE will announce the schools selected for the 2022 event).
  • May or June: Collegiate Wind Competition takes place at AWEA CLEANPOWER.

See our resources page for more information.

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