The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design, build, and test a wind turbine to perform according to a customized, market data-derived business plan; and to deliver formal presentations demonstrating their knowledge of key market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities. The DOE Collegiate Wind Competition contests are designed to interest students from a variety of engineering, business, and social science programs, engaging them in a project—a complex task with no single solution, a test that inspires ingenuity—that provides real-world experience as they prepare to enter the workforce. Learn more about the competition from our video, Shaping Tomorrow's Wind Energy Leaders.
Each team builds a prototype wind turbine that is tested in a wind tunnel under specific conditions and scored for performance, operational safety, component durability and system reliability.
Teams make public presentations on current wind market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities and are judged on the strength of their arguments and the depth, logic, and style of their deliveries.