The Collegiate Wind Competition is Next Week: Meet the Teams Part II

May 1, 2014

See the full press release on the Energy.gov website.

Next week, 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.

Last week, we highlighted five of the teams and some of their innovative designs and ideas for advancing wind energy technologies. Today, we profile the remaining teams.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

The Kansas State University team’s turbine design features a vertical axis and blades made using a 3D printer.  By using a vertical axis design, the team is balancing efficiency and marketability to create a product that satisfies a specific market need.

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

The James Madison University team’s design features a five-bladed system and an external electrical box with an easy-to-use interface. The team’s small wind turbine aims to provide power for charging electronic devices in energy-impoverished communities where handheld devices serve as the principal means of remote communication. Their goal is to create a turbine that is inexpensive and easy to manufacture and repair.

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES

Team Zephyrus from the Colorado School of Mines aims to make wind energy more appealing to the general public. Their design incorporates ease of use, safety, and consumer appeal—making the turbine an effective, portable device for generating power on the go. The turbine can charge small electronic devices with a five-volt USB port, comes in multiple colors, and is quick and easy to assemble.

CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY

The turbine from CMAWind of California Maritime Academy features a rugged, durable, and modular design. The team’s small wind turbine aims to provide power for cell phones and LED light bulbs in rural areas of Africa.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Boise State University is designing and constructing a small-scale wind turbine that can perform according to the team’s customized market-data-derived business plan. The horizontal axis wind turbine design features parts that are easy to assemble, store, and repair.

Check EERE Blog  and Facebook next week for more coverage of the Collegiate Wind Competition, join the conversation on social media using #windcompetition, and go to wind.energy.gov/windcompetition for more information.