The Collegiate Wind Competition Is Approaching Fast: Meet the Teams
April 25, 2014
In just two weeks, 10 student teams representing colleges and universities across the country will compete in the Energy Department's first ever Collegiate Wind Competition, which is designed to prepare talented young people for careers in the wind energy industry and enable academic institutions to showcase the ingenuity of their students. As part of the inaugural competition, teams will:
- Build and test a wind turbine
- Present on wind energy topics
- Deliver a cohesive business plan
Each team consists of undergraduate students from multiple disciplines and includes either a faculty or staff member to serve as an advisor and principle investigator for the project, supporting development of the team's concept. The 10 teams were competitively selected last spring.
Today we highlight five of the 10 teams and some of their innovative designs and ideas for advancing wind energy technologies:
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
This team aims to redefine the battery charging experience for consumers through a novel charging station concept that provides rapid and efficient energy transfer from a wind turbine.
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
This team's wind turbine design utilizes additive manufacturing processes and features emergency shutdown controls and robust components to maximize product lifespan.
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
This team is designing a wind-powered energy generation system for people, such as researchers and explorers, who use small devices for extended periods of time in remote field locations.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
This team is designing and prototyping a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to support operations in emergency response situations.
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
This easy-to-assemble wind turbine design aims to provide citizens and relief agencies with power during the recovery phase after a natural disaster strikes.
Check EERE Blog and Facebook next week for profiles of the remaining five teams, join the conversation on social media using #windcompetition, and go to wind.energy.gov/windcompetition for more information.