The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate student teams to design a wind turbine, develop a business plan to market the product, and build and test the turbine against set requirements while considering siting constraints and location challenges for product installation. The objective of the Collegiate Wind Competition is to provide students from multiple disciplines with real-world experience to prepare them for the wind energy workforce.
DOE has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for colleges and universities interested in participating in the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition. The organizers will select 10 to 12 teams of students to compete in the wind energy challenge, co-located with the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference in Chicago, Illinois on May 7–10, 2018.
Students from Alaska to Puerto Rico have participated in the past two competitions in 2014 and 2016. Teams consist of science and engineering students as well as business and marketing students — all essential in building a thriving clean energy workforce. Well rounded teams are successful as the Collegiate Wind Competition consists of four main contests: Business Plan, Technical Design, Deployment Strategy, and Turbine Testing.
Interested students and faculty can download the RFP and learn more about proposal requirements by visiting the FedBizOps listing and by watching this informational webinar. They can also watch a mini-documentary about the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 for a closer look at what the competition is like.
Selected interdisciplinary undergraduate teams are funded $20,000. Proposals are due January 4, 2017.
Professionals – keynote speakers and judges – are also needed. Please contact Elise.DeGeorge@nrel.gov for more information on professional volunteer opportunities.