Twelve collegiate teams from around the United States took part in the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, with more than 150 students across the country worked to design, test, and build a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that could be used to power small electronic devices.
Over the course of 2 days at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER, the teams put their wind turbines through rigorous performance testing, developed carefully-crafted business plans, and pitched wind industry leaders on the market opportunities for their turbine designs. The Pennsylvania State University earned the highest cumulative score to become the overall winner for the second consecutive competition. The team's winning turbine received the honor of being displayed at Energy Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Rounding out the top three finishers were the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in second place, and Boise State University, in third. In addition, the following schools were recognized as top finishers in the following categories:
- Turbine Testing: The Pennsylvania State University
- Technical Design: The University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Deployment Strategy: California State University, Chico
- Business Plan: The Pennsylvania State University
- People’s Choice: Universidad del Turabo (Puerto Rico)
- Bonus Challenge: Universidad del Turabo
In addition to the competition, a number of industry members presented their experiences and thoughts about the wind industry over the course of 2 days. Speakers included:
- Jose Zayas, Director of Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- John Kostyack, Executive Director, Wind Energy Foundation
- Anne McEntee, President & CEO of Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
- Marguerite Wells, Project Manager and Vice President Black Oak Wind Farm; New York Developer for Invenergy
- Gerard Schepers, Senior Researcher and Project Manager, Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, Professor of Wind Energy, University of Applied Sciences NHL Leeuwarden
- Jeremy Wacker and Jason Widman, Directors of Wind, Blattner Energy
- Matt Hadsell, Senior Power Systems Engineer, Blattner Energy
- John Amos, Engineering Department Manager, Siemens Wind Power
- Tom Kiernan, Chief Executive Officer, American Wind Energy Association
The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition is grateful for the generosity of the 2016 sponsors to support a successful event and a positive experience for teams. Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!
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