About the Collegiate Wind Competition

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind Vision report, wind energy could supply 10% of the nation's electricity needs by 2020, 20% 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.

2019 Collegiate Wind Competition

Teams that competed in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 have been invited to return for the Technical Challenge event in Boulder, Colorado, in May 2019. The 2019 event is a slightly smaller-scale event that provides teams the opportunity to expand upon and improve their designs from 2018.

The challenge in 2019 will call on students to research, design, and enhance a turbine for a grid scenario with a high concentration of renewables and be able to operate in an islanded mode.

Competition participants will need to create:

  • An effective mechanical, electrical, and aerodynamic wind turbine and load design that is safe and reliable for testing in an on-site wind tunnel.
  • An electrical control system that can maintain a constant voltage into a competition-provided, variable-resistance load during the durability portion of the turbine testing. The system will use a competition-provided storage element to balance source and load energy.
  • A cost of energy analysis for the site plan developed in 2018.