The Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) aims to prepare students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world experience. To help these teams understand wind energy and prepare a competitive proposal, the CWC organizing team provides resources to the students to get them started.

Learn more about the program and check out some of the introductory materials provided to teams as they start to understand the wind industry. You can also hear directly from the students on what they’ve learned from competing, and learn the fundamentals of wind energy.

CWC Rules and Requirements

 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s CWC 2021 is governed and adjudicated by the CWC 2021 Rules and Requirements document, which is intended to establish fair contest rules and requirements. In the case of a discrepancy with other competition materials or communication, this document takes precedence. The organizers reserve the right to change contest criteria, rules, and measurable outcomes as needed.

Upcoming Competitions

Collegiate Wind Competition 2021

Learn more about competing in the CWC 2021.

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Learn more about competing in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Collegiate Wind Competition Turbine Design Contest Kick Off Webinar

The CWC 2021 organizing team held a Turbine Design Contest Kick-Off Webinar, in which interested students and faculty learned more about the competition and the turbine design contest from the winners of the 2020 Turbine Design Contest—Cal Maritime—and alumni from Penn State.

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The Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 organizing team held a Turbine Design Contest Kick-Off Webinar, in which interested students and faculty learned more about the competition and the turbine design contest.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Collegiate Wind Competition Project Development Kick-Off Webinar

The CWC 2022 organizing team held a Project Development Kick-Off Webinar, in which interested students and faculty can learn more about the competition and the project development contest.

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The Collegiate Wind Competition 2022 organizing team held a Project Development Kick-Off Webinar, in which interested students and faculty can learn more about the competition and the project development contest.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Collegiate Wind Competition 2022 Information Webinar

The CWC 2022 organizing team held an informational webinar September 30, 2020, in which interested students and faculty learned more about the competition and the application process.

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The Collegiate Wind Competition 2022 organizing team held an informational webinar.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

Wind Energy Basics

Collegiate Wind Competition Wind Energy Basics

Understand the fundamentals of wind energy and find out what information participants need to know to do well in the CWC.

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Understand the fundamentals of wind energy and find out what information participants need to know to do well in the Collegiate Wind Competition.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Collegiate Wind Competition Project Development and Finance Overview

Where is the ideal site for a new wind project? What are the land use regulations at a proposed site? How do you negotiate a power purchase agreement? Who is going to buy the power generated at a proposed wind plant? These are questions that wind project development and finance professionals answer every day in their work. In this webinar, Toby Butterfield of EDP Renewables and Annie McClelland and Caroline Twitchell of Renewable Energy Systems describe their work in these areas and answer questions from students and faculty.

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Where is the ideal site for a new wind project? What are the land use regulations at a proposed site? How do you negotiate a power purchase agreement?
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

Wind Energy Careers Webinar Series

Wind Energy Careers: Turbine Engineering/OEMs

Nicole Mendoza and Heidi Tinnesand of NREL and Matthew Dudon of GE discuss tips for finding a job with a wind energy original equipment manufacturer.

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Wind industry professionals with experience at Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, and GE Renewables discuss strategies for finding a job in original equipment and turbine manufacturing.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Wind Energy Careers: Project Development

Toby Butterfield and Garrett Parker discuss tips for finding a job in wind project development.

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Industry professionals from EDP Renewables discuss strategies for finding a job in wind project development.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Wind Energy Careers: Plant Construction

Santiago Bermudez and Thea Daguison of Mortenson discuss tips for finding a job in wind energy plant construction.

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Industry professionals from Mortenson Construction discuss strategies for finding a job in wind energy plant construction.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

Past Competitions

2021 Collegiate Wind Competition Teams Spotlight

The 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition was held as a virtual event June 2 - June 11, 2021. In this video, the 13 teams share their reflections on their 2021 CWC experience.

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The 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition was held as a virtual event June 2 - June 11, 2021. In this video, the 13 teams share their reflections on their 2021 CWC experience.
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2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Team Montage

Meet the 12 teams who competed in the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition.

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In a new era of social distancing, the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition was held via webinar on May 20, June 2, June 3, and June 17, 2020.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

 

Collegiate Wind Competition 2019 Technical Challenge

Students reflect on their experiences, summarize the competition, and display the unique skills they have developed at the CWC 2019 Technical Challenge.

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Video recap of the Collegiate Wind Competition 2019 Technical Challenge showcasing the skills students developed throughout the year.
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy