The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students from a variety of programs to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy project using the multi-faceted elements highlighted below, providing each student with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce.



About the 2021 Competition

Held as a virtual event June 2–11, the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition featured 13 competing teams of undergraduate students. After presenting their work to a remote panel of judges via webinar, The Pennsylvania State University claimed first place.

Over the past year, the teams designed, built, and tested model wind turbines, developed wind project plans, interacted with wind industry experts, and built awareness of wind energy in their local communities.

Details on the specific challenges for the 2021 teams are available in the CWC 2021 Rules and Requirements. Student teams were challenged to research, design, and build a wind turbine for deployment in highly uncertain times, with a significant degree of unknown risks and delays.

Find out how you can get involved in the competition today.

About the 2022 Competition

DOE has announced the 11 teams selected to participate in the 2022 CWC at the American Clean Power Association’s CLEANPOWER 2022 Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

Elements of the Competition


Contestants from the 2019 The Collegiate Wind Competition

Turbine Prototype Contest & Turbine Testing Contest

Design, build, and present a unique, wind-driven power system based on market research and test the wind turbine in an on-site wind tunnel. 

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Contestants from the 2019 The Collegiate Wind Competition

Project Development Contest

Design a hypothetical utility wind farm that maximizes energy production and balances environmental and community impacts.

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CWC participant gives a presentation.

Connection Creation Contest

Partner with wind industry professionals, raise awareness of wind energy in your local community, and work with local media to promote your team’s accomplishments.

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Collegiate Wind Competition Photos


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