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Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design and construct a lightweight wind turbine. The students will 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.

Illustration with a summary of the Collegiate Wind Competition and its principal contests. Challenging collegiate teams to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine to power small electric devices. Build and test a wind turbine, present on wind energy topics, and deliver a cohesive business plan.

The theme of the inaugural competition is to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. A principal contest involves testing each team's prototype wind turbine in a wind tunnel under specific conditions. Each team's business plan and turbine will also be evaluated against other pre-weighted criteria. The third event of the competition will be oral presentations delivered in an open forum, whereby each team will demonstrate its grasp on market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities affecting the wind industry. Teams will be judged not only on the strength of their arguments, but also on the depth, logic, and style of their deliveries.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is facilitating the inaugural competition, which will take place in spring 2014.

The competition contests are designed to reach students from various engineering and business programs to provide them with engaging, real-world project experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.

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