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 will be held as a virtual event in June 2021. Thirteen competing teams and two learn-along teams will present their work to a remote panel of judges via webinar.

The 2021 competition challenges 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 also features a new Connection Creation Contest, which will require teams to conduct outreach within the wind industry, their local communities, and local media outlets.

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

2022 Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 11 teams selected to participate in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition, scheduled to take place May 16–19 at the American Wind Energy Association’s CLEANPOWER 2022 Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

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 Collegiate Wind Competition (for example, in fall 2020, the CWC published the Rules and Requirements for the 2021 competition).

Winter: Competing schools selected and announced for the year after the upcoming competition (for example, in early 2021, DOE will announce the schools selected for the 2022 event).

May or June: Collegiate Wind Competition takes place at AWEA CLEANPOWER.

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