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About the Competition

CSU Maritime Academy is one of twelve universities from around the country chosen to compete in the 2018 Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition. The Collegiate Wind competition is facilitated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) and hosted biennially at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students to develop:

  • A market-research-supported business plan and conceptual-level technical design development of a marketable wind power system.
  • An effective mechanical, electrical, and aerodynamic wind turbine and load design that is safe and reliable for testing in an on-site wind tunnel.
  • An electrical control system that can maintain a constant voltage into a competition-provided variable-resistance load during the durability portion of the turbine testing, utilizing a competition-provided storage element to balance source and load energy.

The Cal Maritime Wind Team is comprised of students from the School of Engineering Technology and the ABS School of Maritime Policy and and Management. The team will present their turbine and associated business plan to industry professionals at the 2018 AWEA WINDPOWER  conference in Chicago on May 7-9th 2018.

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