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.


2022 Collegiate Wind Competition Winners Kansas State University

Kansas State University team members. From left: Israel Barraza, Michael Brosseit, David Pierson, Jakob Long, Hayden Dillavou, Andrew Dulac, Kavian Kalantari, faculty advisor Hongyu Wu, Brianna Wagoner, Matthew Monsion, Eric Christman and Josh Meurer.

Twelve competing teams and four learn-along teams participated in the 2022 CWC, which took place May 16–18, 2022, in conjunction with the American Clean Power Association’s CLEANPOWER 2022 Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. After presenting their work to a panel of wind energy experts, Kansas State University claimed first place.

The 2022 CWC focused on the challenges associated with fixed-bottom offshore wind turbine projects. By participating in the 2022 competition, students developed the skills, experience, and industry connections that will help them break into the growing offshore wind energy industry and the wider renewable energy industry.

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About the 2023 Competition

The application period for the 2023 CWC is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2023 CWC teams.

The 2023 CWC final event is scheduled to take place in May 2023 in conjunction with  American Clean Power Association’s CLEANPOWER 2023 Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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

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

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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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