Floating wind university challenge

OffshoreWind4Kids is launching a global floating wind university challenge. 



A group of engineering students can participate in the challenge. Different ways of entering the competition are:

  • It could be integrated as part of a problem solving and design course, where a group of students work on a specific topic (e.g. KU Leuven has such group courses in 1st and 2nd year of engineering that run over one semester and are about 4 ECTS). In this case the professor in charge of the course can get in touch with OffshoreWind4Kids.

  • Groups of students can sign up for the challenge as part of extra curricular activities. In this case, the group can get in contact with OffshoreWind4Kids and also give the name of their professors who teach in this area. We advise that there would be some supervision from e.g. a PhD student to help guide the group in the competition.



The students will have to design and build a floating wind turbine structure. The structure needs to support a Kosmos (4th gen) wind turbine and withstand specified wind and wave conditions. The structure will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Power generation efficiency

  • Structural integrity

  • Foundation stability

  • Practicality of construction

  • Cost efficiency at full scale

A panel will evaluate the criteria at the competition event. Groups of students who cannot attend the event will be evaluated based on a written report and a video of their prototype.


The challenge will run in the academic year of 2021 to 2022. The challenge concludes with a competition held around May of 2022 (note that the date will be set in agreement with the participating universities). 


This is a global competition and groups of students from across the world can participate in it. The concluding competition will be held at a maritime lab in Europe. Depending on travel restrictions, multiple locations can be set up.


Prizes for the winning team(s) will be announced before the start of the competition. There will be two separate rankings:

  1. Best performance of a scaled prototype at the maritime lab

  2. Best written report covering each of the evaluation criteria



Registration for the competition opens in August 2021. Please send us an email if you want to stay up to date with the latest news on the university challenge.

Contact offshorewind4kids@gmail.com for more information