Blattner Energy, Proud Supporter of First-Ever U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition
Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and leading provider of renewable energy construction in North America, was a proud supporter of the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition and congratulates the winner, Pennsylvania State University, and all competitors in the event.
The inaugural competition challenged undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design and build a lightweight, transportable wind turbine with the ability to power small electronic devices. Teams also presented a detailed business plan and demonstrated their knowledge of key market drivers and deployment opportunities. The event took place alongside the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER® 2014 Conference and Exhibition at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas May 5-7.
“We were proud to support an event that helps bring new solutions to market, and we congratulate the Penn State team and all of the teams on an outstanding competition,” said Scott Blattner, president, Blattner Energy. “Blattner’s unprecedented growth has been because of our hard-working and innovative employees. The Collegiate Wind Competition allowed us to support the next wave of wind industry professionals who represent some of the brightest minds, freshest ideas and most creative approaches to solving our industry’s challenges.”
“The involvement of companies such as Blattner Energy is critical for preparing student competitors for real-world challenges as they enter the workforce,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association. “We need strong relationships between the private sector, higher education and industry associations in order to ensure that the U.S. wind market – one of the fastest growing in the world – succeeds, and that the best and the brightest know they have a career path in wind energy. We thank Blattner for supporting the inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition and look forward to next year’s competition.”
In addition to winning the competition, Penn State’s technology will be on temporary display at the Department of Energy headquarters building in Washington, DC. The team’s Remote Wind Power Systems Unit is a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to provide power in emergency and/or remote power situations.
Schools competing at the event were: 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 and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.