Collegiate Wind Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design and construct a wind turbine to set specifications. The students investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized, market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers.
2014 Collegiate Wind Competition
The theme of the inaugural 2014 competition was to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. The competition consisted of three primary contests designed to reach students from various academic disciplines and to provide them with engaging, real-world project experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.
A principal contest involved testing each team's prototype wind turbine in a wind tunnel under specific conditions. Each team's business plan to develop and market their turbine was also evaluated against pre-weighted criteria. The third event of the competition involved oral presentations that were delivered in an open forum, whereby each team demonstrated its grasp on market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities affecting the wind industry. Teams were judged not only on the strength of their arguments, but also on the depth, logic, and style of their deliveries.
In 2014, Pennsylvania State University took home top honors with both the first place prize and People's Choice award. University of Kansas and University of Massachusetts came in second and third places, respectively. The next Collegiate Wind Competition is expected to be held in 2016. Check back for more information or subscribe to the WINDExchange newsletter.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Wind Energy Foundation facilitated the inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. Other key partners included the American Wind Energy Association, KidWind, and the Distributed Wind Energy Association. Sponsors of the 2014 Collegiate Wind Competition included General Electric, Vestas, Blattner, and the American Wind Energy Association.
DOE Collegiate Wind Competition Website
The official website of the competition is wind.energy.gov/windcompetition/.
Collegiate Wind Competition Set to Blow into Vegas in May, January 23, 2014
DOE Announces Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Teams, April 11, 2013
Request for Proposals
The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory issued a Request for Proposals on January 8, 2013 to participate in DOE's inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition in 2014. The solicitation is now closed. Check back for the next solicitation.