Collegiate Wind Competition

photo of a college student building a model wind turbine

Student teams competed in turbine performance testing at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 in Chicago. Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students from a variety of programs to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy project. The competition provides students with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce.

The 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition will be held at the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 1-4, 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition and the 12 teams that have been selected to compete, and see the 2020 rules and requirements.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a request for proposal (RFP) for students interested in competing in the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition. Learn how to get involved and how to prepare a strong application, and watch a recorded webinar to hear from the competition organizers.

Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge 2019

Twelve collegiate teams gathered at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Flatirons Campus in May 2019 to compete in DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge. Read more about the 2019 participants and see a video about the 2019 Technical Challenge.

Collegiate Wind Competition 2018

The 2018 competition happened on May 7–10 in Chicago, Illinois, during the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition. Read more about the 2018 participants.

Browse the archives for past competitions.