The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) helps college students prepare for jobs in the wind and renewable energy workforce through real-world experiences with wind energy technology, project development, finance, communications, and outreach. 

By participating in the competition, schools and students connect with wind energy experts and industry contacts, enhancing schools’ curriculum offerings and strengthening students’ professional networks. 

About the 2023 Competition

DOE has announced the colleges and universities selected to participate in Phase 2 of the 2023 CWC.

CWC 2023 is scheduled to take place in spring 2023. Find out how you can get involved in the competition.

Elements of the Competition

The CWC consists of three contests, outlined below. Learn more about the competition elements in the 2023 Rules and Requirements document.    

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. 

Learn more about the Turbine Prototype and Turbine Testing Contests.

Contestants from the 2019 The Collegiate Wind Competition

Project Development Contest

Research wind resource data, transmission infrastructure, and environmental factors to create a site plan and financial analysis for a hypothetical wind farm.

Learn more about the Project Development Contest.

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.

Learn more about the Connection Creation Contest.





Collegiate Wind Competition Photos


2022 Collegiate Wind Competition

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