According to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind Vision report, wind generation could double by 2020—and double again by 2030. As the U.S. power generation mix incorporates more wind energy, qualified workers will be needed to fill related jobs at all levels.
To help facilitate this process, 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.
2018 Collegiate Wind Competition
The Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 was held at American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER in Chicago, Illinois, from May 8–10. Competing teams designed and built a model wind turbine based on market research and siting considerations, developed a business plan to market the products, and tested the turbines against a set of rigorous performance criteria judged by a panel of wind industry leaders.
The Collegiate Wind Competition challenged undergraduate students to design a wind turbine based on market research, develop a business plan to market the product, build and test the turbine against set requirements, and demonstrate knowledge of opportunities related to wind farm siting.
Teams participating in the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition were expected to research and design a turbine for a grid scenario with a high contribution of renewables. The turbine should have been able to operate in islanded mode.