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 2018 Competition

The Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 was held at American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER in Chicago, Illinois, from May 8–10. Competing teams designed, built and tested a wind turbine, conducted market research and developed a business plan, and sited a wind farm. All products were judged by a panel of wind industry leaders. Read the Rules and Requirements.

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.

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