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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the teams selected to take part in the inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.

According to the department, the competition is a forum for undergraduate college students 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 National Renewable Energy Laboratory is facilitating the inaugural competition, which will take place in spring 2014.

The following 10 student teams were selected through a competitive process:

- Boise State University
- California Maritime Academy
- Colorado School of Mines
- James Madison University (VA)
- Kansas State University
- Northern Arizona University
- Pennsylvania State University
-  University of Alaska Fairbanks
- University of Kansas
- University of Massachusetts Lowell

"Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing electrical energy options in the United States, and the industry requires a skilled workforce with talented people from engineering, business and communications backgrounds. This competition will help attract students from a wide range of disciplines into this exciting industry," says Jonathan Bartlett, the DOE's Wind Powering America initiative national director.



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