Five Schools Claim Honors in 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition

Sept. 3, 2021
Each year, the Collegiate Wind Competition integrates a new challenge into the contest that reflects real-world wind industry needs.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) joined universities and wind energy experts from across the country on June 11 to announce the winners of the Collegiate Wind Competition. Over the course of the academic year, 13 undergraduate teams designed, built, and tested model wind turbines, developed project plans, collaborated with industry experts, and engaged with their local communities – preparing them for careers in the growing wind and renewable energy workforce to support President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Wind energy is an essential part of our fight against the climate crisis, and that means one thing for talented and driven young people like these students: jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “With their help, I have no doubt that we’ll propel the wind industry to sky-high heights and send a gust of growth from coast to coast that lifts every American community into a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future.”

Each year, the Collegiate Wind Competition integrates a new challenge into the contest that reflects real-world wind industry needs. Taking the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of supply chain disruptions into account, the 2021 challenge tasked teams with developing projects for deployment in highly uncertain times, with a significant degree of unknown risks and delays. This year’s competition also featured a new “Connection Creation Contest,” which challenged students to engage with industry professionals, their local communities, and local media outlets to broaden their understanding of the workforce and educate new audiences about the benefits of wind and renewable energy.

The 2021 winners are:

  • Overall First Place: Pennsylvania State University
  • Overall Second Place: Johns Hopkins University
  • Overall Third Place: California Polytechnic State University
  • Turbine Prototype Contest: Kansas State University
  • Project Development Contest: Pennsylvania State University
  • Connection Creation Contest: Virginia Tech University

The 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition is scheduled for May 16-19, 2022, at the American Clean Power Association’s CLEANPOWER 2022 Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.