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.

Learn more about the 2020 virtual Collegiate Wind Competition and the 12 teams that have been selected to compete.

In February 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the 13 collegiate teams selected to participate in the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition. Three new schools have been selected, along with 10 returning teams from previous competitions.

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.

Browse the archives for past competitions.