MANHATTAN — A team from Kansas State University’s College of Engineering is among the 10 teams selected nationally to compete in the inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition. The team’s goal is to build a small wind turbine that can charge an electronic device such as a cellphone or an iPad.
The National Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers.
The competition will be in May 2014 at the American Wind Energy Association annual conference and exhibition, Windpower. The intent of this competition is to provide several opportunities for teams to excel, even without a strong engineering basis. It is an opportunity for collegiate institutions to showcase student ingenuity and the programs that the students represent. In addition to this national recognition, the turbine from the college or university with the best overall score will be placed on temporary display at the Department of Energy headquarters building in Washington, D.C.