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NREL Prepares to Issue RFP for 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition

Aug. 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) plans to issue a Request for Proposal in mid-September for colleges and universities interested in participating in DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition 2021, which is designed to help prepare students from a variety of backgrounds for a career in wind energy.

By March 2020, organizers will select up to 12 collegiate teams to compete in the challenge, which will be co-located with the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, or held at NREL’s Flatirons Campus in Colorado in the spring of 2021.

Teams will need to design, build, and test a model wind turbine that can stand up to the challenge of a massive wind tunnel and plan, financially analyze, and present research on a wind plant. Interested students and faculty can learn more about the competition and the application requirements by visiting the request for proposal.