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 will be held at AWEA WINDPOWER in Denver, Colorado, in June 2020. This competition will challenge students to research, design, and build a turbine for deployment in the high wind environment of Eastern Colorado.

See the 2021 Request for Proposal.

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.

News

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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Students from Puerto Rico Channel Resiliency to Solve Real-World Challenges
July 31, 2019
Students from Puerto Rico managed to compete in 2018 CWC despite Hurricane Maria and returned in 2019 even stronger.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Paves the Way to Careers in Wind Energy
June 28, 2019
Recent graduate receives early job offer from Invenergy.
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College Students Give Back: Collegiate Wind Competition Participants Support Education Through KidWind
June 12, 2019
Collegiate Wind Competition participants from UW-Madison and James Madison University share their experiences volunteering with KidWind.
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Penn State Takes Top Prize at 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge
May 14, 2019
Announcement of the winners of the 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge.
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CWC Opens Doors for New Grads Seeking Jobs in Wind
March 21, 2019
The competition includes two multi-faceted challenges: design, build, and test a wind turbine; and plan and financially analyze a wind plant.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Provides Students with Opportunities
March 15, 2019
This competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to create unique solutions to complex wind energy projects.
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CWC Wind Tunnel Engineered to Last
March 6, 2019
In 2018, a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory designed and built the CWC's second-generation wind tunnel.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Photos

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