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The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students to design a wind turbine based on market research, develop a business plan to market the product, build and test the turbine against set requirements, and demonstrate knowledge of siting constraints and location challenges for product installation. The objective of the Collegiate Wind Competition is to prepare students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce.

The Department of Energy announced the participants for the 2018 event and JMU is once again invited to compete!


JMU competition team member selection will begin early in the 2017 fall semester, and student teams will work through the fall and spring semesters to prepare for the event. The competition will take place during the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, from May 7–10, 2018.

Four new schools are competing, along with eight returning teams from either the 2014 and 2016 competitions. The 12 universities selected to participate in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 are:

  1. California State University Maritime Academy, Vallejo, California
  2. California State University, Chico, Chico, California
  3. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  4. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  5. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  6. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
  7. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  8. Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
  9. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  10. Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico
  11. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  12. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Students who may be interested in competing can contact Dr. Miles. 

Read the JMU Breeze article here.


Take a look at our 2014 team and prototype information.

JMU News June 12, 2013

JMU News May 5, 2014

JMU News May 13, 2014

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2014 Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Team
Back row: Kyle Kingsborough, Ryan Hoag, James Merrick, Kyle Byrd, Jackson Snarr, Corey Allison, Scott Beatty, Mick Blackwell, Blake Chapman, Nolan Morris. Middle row: Jonathan Romero, Philip Sturm, David Hryvniak, William Romov, Jonathan Nichols, Michael Daddio, Erwin James Will. Front row: Jesse Mlcoch, Natasha Babiarz, Ashleigh Cotting, Ashlynn Buttram, Genevieve D'Antonio. Photo from James Madison University.

2014 JMU Team. Back row: Kyle Kingsborough, Ryan Hoag, James Merrick, Kyle Byrd, Jackson Snarr, Corey Allison, Scott Beatty, Mick Blackwell, Blake Chapman, Nolan Morris. Middle row: Jonathan Romero, Philip Sturm, David Hryvniak, William Romov, Jonathan Nichols, Michael Daddio, Erwin James Will. Front row: Jesse Mlcoch, Natasha Babiarz, Ashleigh Cotting, Ashlynn Buttram, Genevieve D'Antonio. Photo from James Madison University.

2014 PROJECT DESCRIPTION

For the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, the student team from James Madison University designed a small wind turbine to provide power for charging electronic devices in energy-impoverished communities where handheld devices serve as the principal means of remote communication. The portable wind turbine is designed to be inexpensive to manufacture and produce, as well as to maintain and repair. The project team members represented diverse interests and disciplines, and programs and/or departments within the Colleges of Integrated Science and Engineering, Business, and Arts and Letters. The students shared a collective spirit of supporting developing communities in which energy is a scarce resource.  See the entire project portfolio below or on the team's facebook page.

TEAM STRATEGY

The interdisciplinary makeup of the James Madison University team made it possible to sub-divide the project into separate, coordinated efforts. One engineering team designed the rotor, while the other designed the electronics and controls. Another team focused on the integration of components and sub-systems. The business planning team and another team focused on the market topic and presentation. Numerous sub-teams engaged in other aspects of the overall project, including project management, communications, safety, and logistics. Each team and sub-team comprised students from multiple disciplines. The project resulted in the formation of Madison Wind Solutions, LLC, with its first product being a small, portable wind turbine intended specifically to provide a portable power source in energy-impoverished communities.

DESIGN FEATURES

  • Horizontal-axis wind turbine
  • Upwind design
  • Five-bladed system
  • Readily replaceable components
  • External electrical box with user interface

2014 TEAM PORTFOLIO

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