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Collegiate Wind Competition 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.

2020 Collegiate Wind Competition

To showcase student research and design in a new era of social distancing, the Collegiate Wind Competition 2020 was held in a virtual format in May and June. Teams competed in a series of challenges designed to prepare students for a career in wind energy.

Details on the specific challenges for the 2020 teams are available in the CWC 2020 Rules and Requirements. Student teams were required to design a model wind turbine based on market research and siting considerations, all judged via webinar by a panel of wind industry leaders.

Students worked to find solutions to real wind industry challenges by collaborating with their multidisciplinary team.

Find out how you can get involved in the competition.

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