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

Meeting the Biden Administration goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050 will require continued growth in the U.S. wind industry—and qualified workers to manufacture, construct, operate, and maintain wind turbines as well as to play support roles in the growing industry.

To help facilitate filling these roles, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory created the Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) 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 CWC.

General Competition Timeline

Usually, the CWC brings together post-secondary students for three days of competition at the annual CLEANPOWER industry conference, but to safeguard the health of students, judges, and organizers, the event will be held virtually in 2021, with teams using digital tools to present their work to a remote panel of judges via webinar.

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 CWC (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 announced the schools selected for the 2022 event).

May or June: CWC takes place at the American Clean Power Association’s CLEANPOWER Conference if that opportunity arises.

See our resources page for more information.