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January 29, 2014

Collegiate Wind Competition Set to Blow into Vegas in May

The United States is among the world’s largest and fastest-growing wind energy markets. In fact, wind energy is now the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity, representing 43% of all new electric additions in 2012 and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. investment.

To help the nation’s future scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs continue to advance the wind industry, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) established the first ever DOE Collegiate Wind Competition. The competition will be held May 5–7 alongside the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2014 Conference & Exhibition at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The competition, which aims to cultivate wind-specific interests and skills among the next generation of industry leaders, will feature 10 teams of students who will design and construct lightweight, portable wind turbines intended to power small electronic devices. During the Competition event, teams will present to a diverse panel of experts on current market drivers and deployment opportunities for the wind industry, pitch their business plans to industry leaders, and put their turbines to the test in an on-site wind tunnel. For the complete story, see the EERE blog.