This is the first revision of the CWC 2020 Rules and Requirements document in response to the impacts of COVID-19. The modifications are designed to accommodate the capabilities of student teams in the current situation, but if any team is unable to complete any of the deliverables, reach out to organizers. The goal is to maximize learning and organizers will work with each team to determine what is possible.

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2020 will be governed and adjudicated by this manual, 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.

While teams work on their deliverables, principal investigators, co-principal investigators, graduate student advisors, and members of industry secured by each team for support can provide feedback about the team’s design so the students can identify fatal flaws, prove technical rigor, or demonstrate feasibility of their concept. Teams are highly encouraged to pursue mentorships and sponsorships early in the course of the competition as it will provide immense benefit to the learning and overall competition experience. However, only undergraduate student team members may take an active role in any competition event. It is the role of the non-student team members to provide a supportive environment and the educational background necessary for the students to achieve success in the competition. It is not appropriate for anyone other than an undergraduate student to be actively working on a turbine or making decisions.

In addition, teams are encouraged to bring to our attention rules that are unclear, misguided, or in need of improvement. The organizers will seriously consider suggestions if they are feasible and are intended to improve the competition, its rules, measurable outcomes, fairness, or precision.

Read the full rules and requirements: