The 2020 Windstorm Challenge will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020, at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

2019 Windstorm Challenge Photographs

About the Windstorm Challenge

The Windstorm Challenge, hosted at the Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory by the University of Maine, asks teams of students to design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine, and then deliver a presentation to a panel of expert judges. The event is designed for student teams with a diverse range of experience. We encourage all middle and high school students to participate.

2020 Guidebook

The 2020 Guidebook can be downloaded here.

Register for the 2020 Windstorm Challenge

Click here to fill out the registration form for the 2020 Windstorm Challenge! The registration deadline is Friday, January 17, 2020.

Competition Date

The Windstorm Challenge 2020 will be held in the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Lab on May 15, 2020. Teams should plan to arrive between 7:45 AM and 8:15 AM, and should plan to depart around 2:00 PM.

What’s the Windstorm Challenge?

Teams must independently design and construct a floating platform for a 1:100 scale deepwater wind turbine, based on a 285 foot full-scale 5 MW turbine. This scale would thus be a turbine tower height (to hub and not including blade length) of 33 inches. Designs should maximize stability under various wind and wave conditions. Judges will also score an oral presentation from the high school teams.

While constructing the floating platforms, it is very important for all parties to act safely. The use of any tools and materials should be done with proper knowledge of the tools, personal protective equipment, and adult supervision.

High School Teams are teams of 4 or less high school students. Members of the top qualifying team will be offered an internship at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, contingent upon their enrollment at UMaine, valued more than $20,000.

Middle School Teams are teams of up to 10 middle school students. These groups will test their platform but they will not be considered for the internship award. An alternative award will be granted to the members of a winning middle school teams.