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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Notice of Intent To Release Request for Proposals for 2022 DOE Collegiate Wind Competition

August 18, 2020

A young woman and young man in hardhats and safety glasses work on a small turbine inside a wind tunnel.

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition is designed to help prepare students from a variety of backgrounds for careers in wind energy. Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory plans to issue a request for proposals in September 2020 for colleges and universities interested in participating in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition in the spring of 2022. The competition is designed to help prepare college students from a variety of backgrounds for careers in wind energy.

By March 2021, organizers will select up to 12 teams of students to compete in the challenge, which will be co-located with the American Wind Energy Association’s CLEANPOWER Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in May of 2021.

The 2022 competition will challenge students to design, build, and test a model wind turbine. In addition, teams will plan, financially analyze, and present research on a hypothetical wind power plant. Interested students and faculty can learn more about the competition and the application requirements by visiting the Beta SAM listing.