The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 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

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.

About the 2022 Competition

DOE has announced the 11 teams selected to participate in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition at AWEA CLEANPOWER 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.

Elements of the Competition

Contestants from the 2019 The Collegiate Wind Competition

Design, Build, and Test a Wind Turbine

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

Plan and Financially Analyze a Wind Plant

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.

Connect With the Wind Industry, Your Community, and Local Media

As part of the new Connection Creation Contest, you’ll 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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