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Top-10 wind playoff in Vegas

US universities go toe to toe during AWEA conference

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The first-ever US collegiate wind competition will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada in May with 10 teams entering the fray.

The Department of Energy established the event in a bid to foster "future scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to advance the wind industry".

Each team 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," said the DOE.

Teams come from Boise State University, California Maritime Academy, Colorado School of Mines, James Madison University, Kansas State University, Northern Arizona University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Kansas and University of Massachusetts Lowell.

"Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing electricity sources in the US. The Collegiate Wind Competition is designed to expose students to the multi-disciplinary nature of the wind industry and give them an opportunity to engage with industry leaders," said Jose Zayas of the DOE Wind and Water Power Technologies Office.

AWEA chief executive Tom Kiernan said the organization is excited to partner with DOE to host the event.

"Bringing the Collegiate Wind Competition to Windpower 2014 will provide unparalleled opportunities for students to interact with leaders in wind energy and give our industry a chance to meet and engage with some of the nation’s best and brightest young people."

Image: the collegiate competition will take place alongside AWEA's annual conference (reNews)

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