Collegiate Wind Competition

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 two 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 is scheduled to take place June 7–10, 2021, at AWEA CLEANPOWER in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thirteen teams have been selected to compete.

About the 2022 Competition

The 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition application process is now closed. Check back soon to learn which teams were selected.

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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News

CWC Alum’s Industry Connections Open Door to Career in Wind Energy
January 14, 2021
2020 James Madison University grad Jamie Mears is putting her degree and her Collegiate Wind Competition experience to work at Ørsted Onshore.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Veterans Share Tips for Success in the Age of Social Distancing
December 8, 2020
Many students participating in the 2021 CWC will be meeting with their teammates virtually and building their competition turbines from home.
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CWC Alum Pivots Competition Experience to Job in Nuclear Security
November 12, 2020
Jessica Davis is using the engineering, analysis, and project management experience she developed during the CWC to her new job in nuclear security.
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2021 Collegiate Wind Competition to Focus on Outreach and Planning for Adaptability
October 23, 2020
A new academic year is underway, which means a new class of college students is preparing for the 2021 DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.
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Request for Proposals Released for 2022 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition
September 2, 2020
Applications for CWC 2022 are being accepted now through December 8, 2020.
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CWC Alum Goes Far with Passion for Renewable Energy
August 26, 2020
Jane Sandoval enters her master's program this fall with years of energy experience, including her work in DOE's 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition.
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Collaboration Is Key for Washington State University Everett Wind Energy Team
July 29, 2020
WSU Everett’s unique partnership with Everett Community College prepares team for first-time participation in the Collegiate Wind Competition.
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California State University Maritime Academy and James Madison University Claim Top Awards in First Virtual Collegiate Wind Competition
June 23, 2020
After four days of intense virtual presentations, the Energy Department announced the winners of the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition.
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Mind the Wind Workforce Gap
June 1, 2020
Ensuring today’s students meet tomorrow’s wind energy workforce needs.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Teams Look to the Future with 2020 Vision
April 21, 2020
12 teams of students from across the United States will present a virtual showcase of technological adaptability and wind energy wizardry at CWC.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Photos

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