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 2020 Competition

The Collegiate Wind Competition 2020 was held in a virtual format in May and June.

Learn more about the 2020 teams.

About the 2021 Competition

Thirteen teams have been selected to compete in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021.

Learn more about the 2021 teams.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.


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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2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Goes Virtual To Accommodate Health Concerns
April 21, 2020
The 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) will be held via webinar in May and June.
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Energy Department Announces Participants of 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition
February 26, 2020
DOE announced the 13 collegiate teams selected to participate in the 2021 CWC. Three new schools were selected and 10 teams are returning.
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Wind Energy Professionals Share Tips for Breezing Into the Wind Workforce
February 24, 2020
To support growth in wind, the industry needs a broad range of workers, including turbine engineers, project developers, and supply chain managers.
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Use Your Holiday Break to Prepare for the Energy Department’s Collegiate Wind Competition
November 13, 2019
Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to work on your team's CWC 2021 application before it's due on December 9, 2019.
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Add Wind Power Experience to Your Resume … While You’re Still in College
September 27, 2019
Find out where to start, what to expect, and how to stand out now that EERE has issued the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 call for proposals.
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The U.S. Department of Energy Releases Request for Proposal for Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 Applicants
September 10, 2019
Are you ready to see what it takes for a career in wind energy? The application process is officially open for the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021.
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CWC Chico State Team Stands Strong as California Wildfire Closes Campus
August 20, 2019
Following the 2018 Camp Fire, students and faculty from California State University – Chico faced barriers unlike any other school.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Photos

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