Led by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, students must design and build a model wind turbine based on market research and siting considerations. They are also tasked with developing a business plan to market the products, and testing the turbines against a set of rigorous performance criteria.
Judged by a panel of wind industry leaders, the competition takes place every other year during the annual American Wind Energy Association Windpower Conference and Exhibition. The next event takes place May 2018 in Chicago.
The competition combines the expertise of students from engineering, business, communications and social science programs, and challenges them to combine their individual skills to develop state-of-the-art wind energy solutions as a team: one way to prepare them to enter the workforce.
Nearly 150 students from 12 institutions participated in the 2016 competition. The Penn State team received the top honors after earning the highest cumulative score.
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