Windturbineraceren og gruppen bag

DTU Wind Racers 2020

The Wind Racer project is hands-on wind energy for students, designing and building wind turbines and wind cars for harvesting the energy from the wind.

Better and larger wind turbine design is a major part of the renewable energy transformation and with today’s largest turbines of 12MW, we have not seen the limit yet. Both size and new designs are part of the solution to solve the challenges for a more clean energy future. This is an opportunity to look into the next generation wind turbine design and apply your own idea and engineering skills to produce the most energy or speed into the wind.

The Wind Racers 2020 project will attend two wind energy competitions, the International Small Wind Turbine Competition, ISWTC, and the Racing Aeolus for windcars driving against the wind.

The small wind turbines are scaled versions of modern MW wind turbines with max 2m2 rotor area, to be tested in the open jet wind tunnel at TU Delft, Holland.

Racing Aeolus sets the challenge of driving as fast as possible into the wind in competition with 10-12 other universities. DTU has won 3 times and was the first to pass the 100% speed limit into the wind.

The wind racers are designed with electric and mechanical transmission and can drive faster than the wind in direct headwind condition. 

DTU Wind Energy cooperates with DTU MEK and DTU Electro on building the wind turbines and wind racers.

The 10 ECTS credit course 46610 sets the frame for working and designing the competitions turbines of the Wind Racers. In parallel, special courses, BSc and MSc projects can be offered/carried out. The course runs in the spring semester and summer 3 week period.

Robert Mikkelsen,
Mac Gaunaa,