Group of Penn State students posing with awards.

The Remote Wind PSU team stands with their awards, including a special edition LEGO set, the wind tunnel test turbine and their market turbine model. Team members, from left to right, are Ken Palamara, Bridget Dougherty, Nick Ward, Kody Veit, Armstrong Liu, Peter Tarantowicz, Justin Lehrer, Greg Liptak, Mike Popp, Jake Lampenfield and Parth Patel. Image: Brian Wallace

As reported by Stefanie Tomlinson at Penn State News:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State students nabbed first place at the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition May 5 to 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

During the fall and spring semesters, the undergraduate student team designed and built a wind turbine to perform according to their own customized, market data-derived business plan. Over the course of the three-day contest, each team tested a prototype of their turbine in a wind tunnel, presented their business plan and delivered formal presentations demonstrating their knowledge of key market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities.

More than 150 students from 10 universities across the country competed. The teams were selected from a larger group on the basis of proposals submitted last year.

Read the full story at Penn State News.