Contest

The ISWTC has two phases. One is the design phase, in which the teams should write a report in which they describe their design choices, based on theoretical research. In this report they give a description of the electronic systems, safety systems, provide insight in the affordability, provide mathematic evidence of the turbines capability of withstanding certain load cases etc. If this report is submitted, the  teams can progress to the next phase. The jury will take into account the design report as well as the actual turbine performance in their decision for the overall best design. The jury is formed by independent experts from the Wind energy industry.

The next phase and the contest is the build phase. The teams will now realize their designs. As a finale of this phase, the small wind turbines will be put to the test in the wind tunnel at the Technical University in Delft. For a few days, the wind tunnel at the Technical University in Delft will be used to test the performance of the competing small turbines, the turbines will first be inspected on electronics safety and mechanical safety systems, then their turbines will be tested in the wind tunnel. The power output of the turbines is measured and the goal is to get the best power output.

On the last day of contest week, the teams which have tested their turbines in Delft, will move to the NHL University of Applied Sciences for a final symposium where they can present their creations to an audience. Here a jury of Wind energy experts will assess the presentations, together with their performance in the tunnel and their initial design report to conclude a final winner of the contest.

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Goals

The goal of the contest is to design and build a SWT, which has optimal power production in a pre-specified wind regime. In their designs, the teams should, consider safety and cost efficiency, as well as an emergency brake systems which is mandatory and last but not least the teams  should consider esthetics of the design.  Extra features, like monitoring of the turbine conditions are also appreciated.

ISWTC 2018

This 2018 event will take place from June 25th till June 28th in Delft and Leeuwarden (resp. at Delft University and NHL Stenden Hogelschool in Leeuwarden.

The teams which will compete in 2018’s edition are:

  1. University of Manitoba (Canada)
  2. Danish Technical University team  HAWT (Denmark)
  3. Danish Technical University team VAWT (Denmark)
  4. Lodz University (GUST) HAWT  ( Poland)
  5. Lodz University (GUST) VAWT  ( Poland)
  6. Ain Shams University team HAWT (Egypt)
  7. Ain Shams University team VAWT (Egypt) [Withdrawn]
  8. American University Cairo (Egypt) [Withdrawn]
  9. Teheran Polytechnik (Iran) [Withdrawn]
  10. NHL Stenden University (Netherlands)
  11. InHolland University of Applied Science (Netherlands)
  12. Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Poland) [Withdrawn]

 

 

 

Competitors can find up-to-date information about this years competition on this page.

ISWTC History

Edition 2017

This event took place from July 4th  till  July 7th in the Windtunnel laboratory of TU Delft and at  the NHL in Leeuwarden . The teams that competed in 2017’ were:

  • Danish Technical University team  HAWT (Denmark)
  • Danish Technical University team VAWT (Denmark)
  • Lodz University ( Poland)
  • Ain Shams University ( Egypt)
  • NHL University of Applied Science (Netherlands)
  • InHolland University of Applied Science (Netherlands)

Presentatons:

(yet to be published)

Edition 2016

  • Danish Technical University team  HAWT
  • Danish Technical University team VAWT
  • Lodz University
  • NHL University of applied science

Presentations:

Winner 2016 :  Lodz University 

 

Edition 2015:

The teams which competed in 2015 were:

  • Danish Technical University, with two teams, a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) and a Vertical Axis Wind turbine (VAWT) team.
  • University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven
  • University of Applied Sciences Flensburg.
  • University of Applied Sciences NHL
  • University of Sheffield

Presentations:

Read more [PDF]:  Edition 2014-2015

Winner 2015 : Flensburg University of Applied Sciences


Edition 2014:

The teams which competed in 2014 were:

  • Danish Technical University, with two teams, a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) and a Vertical Axis Wind turbine (VAWT) team.
  • University of Applied Sciences Flensburg.
  • University of Applied Sciences NHL
  • University of Sheffield

Read more [PDF]:Edition 2013-2014

Winner 2014 : Flensburg University of Applied Sciences


Edition 2013:

The first small wind turbine contest was held on June 27th and June 28th 2013 with teams from TUDelft (the WindDelft team), NHL (The Wingman team) and UAS Flensburg/Kiel (The WETI team).

Read more [PDF] edition 2012-2013

Contact

Interested?

If you read this and you and/or your University want to compete in next year’s competition or if you wish to receive some more information on the competition:  please send an email to :

iswtc@nhlstenden.com. NB This adress is no longer valid.  (though mail received will be forwarded).

A new one will appear. In mean time for questions adress to: Gerard.schepers@tno.nl