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 three multi-faceted elements highlighted below; providing each student with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce.

About the 2019 Competition

The Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 was held at American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER in Chicago, Illinois, in May 2018. Competing teams have been invited to participate in the 2019 event in Boulder, Colorado, in May of 2019. Read the Rules and Requirements for the 2019 competition.

About the 2020 Competition

The Collegiate Wind Competition 2020 will be held at AWEA WINDPOWER in Denver, Colorado, in June 2020. Competing teams are selected through a competitive solicitation, and we are accepting applications now.

Elements of the Competition

Develop and Deliver a Business Plan

Write and present a market research-supported business plan that shapes the design and development of the team's technical product into a marketable wind power system. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Students compete in the siting challenge at the 2017 Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge

Plan a Wind Project

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

Education in the News

Collegiate Wind Competition Informational Webinar Recording Available
November 1, 2018
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held an informational webinar on Monday, October 22 to discuss the Collegiate Wind Competition.
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Releases Request for Proposal (RFP) for Collegiate Wind Competition 2020
October 10, 2018
NREL has issued a Request for Proposal for colleges and universities interested in participating in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition 2020.
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The California State University Maritime Academy Blows Away Competition at 3rd Biennial Collegiate Wind Competition
May 11, 2018
More than 200 competitors integrated real-world engineering test scenarios to create the best wind turbine design.
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Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 Teams: Part 2
May 3, 2018
Twelve talented teams from across the United States will put their wind turbines to the test at the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition.
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5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition
May 3, 2018
Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's energy economy.
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Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 Teams: Part 1
May 1, 2018
Twelve talented teams from across the United States will put their wind turbines to the test at the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Teams Collaborate with Industry
April 30, 2018
Collegiate Wind Competition students are implementing lessons learned from industry partnerships to hone their wind turbines.
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What to Expect at the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition
April 27, 2018
On May 8, twelve collegiate wind teams from across the country will be gathering in Chicago to participate in the Collegiate Wind Competition.
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“Shark Tank”-Style Pitch Event Expands Northern Arizona University's DOE Collegiate Wind Competition Team
February 27, 2018
Northern Arizona University (NAU) professors developed a "Shark Tank"-style pitch contest to bring business expertise to their CWC team.
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5 Reasons College Students Should Join the Collegiate Wind Competition
November 17, 2016

Since 2014, passionate college students from across the country have learned the ins and outs of the wind industry by participating in the Energy...

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Collegiate Wind Competition Photos

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