Virginia Tech University 2019

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Team Name

Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech

Why Wind

The Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) offers a unique multidisciplinary engineering, siting, and business challenge unlike any other competition. Given that renewable energy and wind power are set to play pivotal roles in the future of power production, competing in CWC is an excellent way to be introduced to the field. The competition also gives us an opportunity to meet students from around the county who are also interested in wind energy.

Team Turbine

The Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech is building a wind turbine to test in the CWC wind tunnel and developing the financial analysis of a (hypothetical) 100-MW wind plant along Wills Ridge in Floyd County, Virginia. The team is split into four subteams to more effectively tackle these tasks: drive and tower, blade, power systems and controls, and siting and business.

Game Plan

Our game plan is simple: maintain our strengths and improve our weaknesses. Our team finished first in technical design last year largely due to our meticulous, evidence-based decision-making, which we hope to continue moving forward. We also learned many valuable lessons from our shortcomings and hope to overcome them this year.

Team Strengths

The team’s diversity and experience are two of our biggest strengths going into this year’s competition. Our team is made up of students from an array of engineering and business disciplines who offer unique ideas and perspectives to our toughest challenges. We are also lucky to have so many members returning with multiple years’ experience on the team, ready to incorporate lessons learned along the way.

Team Hurdles

One of the biggest hurdles facing our team this year is stepping up to fill the gaps left by our amazing members who graduated last spring. They put our team in a position to be successful and we hope to continue their commitment to excellence in all aspects of the competition.

Collegiate Wind Competition Objectives

After finishing fourth place overall in last year’s competition, we hope to build off our success by improving our turbine performance in wind tunnel testing and continuing to do well in the project planning and technical design portions of the competition. We’re working to win first place overall!

Social Media

Instagram: @windturbineteamvt

Twitter: @VirginiaTechWTT   

Facebook: @WindTrubineTeamVT

Website: https://wttatvt.wixsite.com/windturbineteamvt

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5oJwvcZNQgxxKaTjj-Idg

 

This webpage was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy by the team.