The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition challenges teams of undergraduate students to design a wind turbine based on market research, develop a business plan to market the product, build and test the turbine against set requirements, and demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging issues facing the wind industry. The Collegiate Wind Competition contests are designed to engage students from a variety of engineering, business, communications, and social science programs in a complex task with no single solution, providing real-world experience as they prepare to enter the workforce. Learn more about the competition from our video, Shaping Tomorrow's Wind Energy Leaders.
Teams present technical design plans to a panel of judges and test turbines against performance criteria in an on-site wind tunnel.
Market research informs turbine design and business plan development. Teams present their plans to judges and pitch their product to a public audience.