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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design, build, and test a wind turbine to perform according to a customized, market data-derived business plan; and to deliver formal presentations demonstrating their knowledge of key market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities.

The theme of the inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition is to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices.

The design of each wind turbine will be aligned with the team's business plan and the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition's theme and rules, ensuring that the turbine―or a prototype of it―can be tested in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition's wind tunnel.

Each team's business plan and turbine will be evaluated against pre-weighted criteria.

The third event of the DOE Collegiate Wind 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 DOE Collegiate Wind Competition, which will take place in New Orleans, LA of May 2016.



The following 12 university-led student teams were selected through a competitive process to compete in the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition.



  • Boise State University (Idaho)
  • The California Maritime Academy
  • California State University, Chico
  • Kansas State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Universidad del Turabo (Puerto Rico)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Wisconsin Madison


Each of these elite educational programs has committed to forming an interdisciplinary team, integrating the three principal DOE Collegiate Wind Competition contests into students' coursework and senior design projects. The programs garnered organizational support from their institutions as well as private-sector and community support.