The wind tunnel and contestants at Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Collegiate Wind Competition prepares students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world wind technology and project development experience. Getting involved with the Collegiate Wind Competition furthers wind energy education and promotes careers in the wind industry to a new generation of students.

You can learn more about how you can participate on the following pages:

What Does Participating in the Competition Involve?

Over the course of a school year, Collegiate Wind Competition teams work to design and build a model turbine, develop a wind project business plan, and, conduct outreach with the wind industry, their local communities, and local media outlets. Teams present their business plans and outreach activities, test their turbines, and participate in a siting challenge during the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CLEANPOWER conference, held in May or June.

Why Participate?

The Collegiate Wind Competition provides a unique opportunity for hands-on wind energy workforce training. There is a growing need for wind energy professionals in the United States, and this competition helps students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to find future work in this area and other STEM fields. The competition promotes job and networking opportunities for students, who are also invited to join a post-competition alumni group. 

NREL staff helps selected schools develop wind energy engineering, business, and siting programs and coursework.  The highly publicized competition promotes schools’ strengths and offers the possibility for national recognition as the university with the strongest business plan, technical design, turbine testing score, and combined overall score.

See our resources page for more information.