French Interns Make an Impact on Texas Energy by Katie Perkins at AEI, West Texas A&M University.
The Alternative Energy Institute welcomed four interns from Paris, France. Clement Vanmeerbeck of Saint-Quentin, France, Guilain Ricoux of Dunières, France, Alice D’hier of Roubaix, France and Mathilde Grimaud of Marcq-en-Baroeul, France studied at the Alternative Energy Institute. Each of the interns worked on a project and their findings were presented at Supmeca in Paris, France.
Clement and Guilain worked on the SECO ARRA Solar/Wind project. They helped Associate Director, Ken Starcher install a variety of components for the Solar Arrays. Their main task was helping to install the Solar Trackers. These devices are used to track the sun and capture the peak hours of energy production by the solar array. During the course of their internship, they learned about concrete foundations, electrical wiring, three phase power, electrical grounding, and the mechanics of adjusting solar trackers. Overall, Clement and Guilain reported that their internship was successful and the administration at Supmeca was very satisfied with their performance.
Alice D’hier worked the verification and exact placement on a map of ALL of the Wind Farms in Texas. She started with a list of wind turbines compiled by former AEI director, Dr. Vaughn Nelson. She also analyzed an existing map, but found it lacking information that would be useful for developers and educators. After many hours of work and much investigating, she was able to obtain maps from different counties that outlined the true borders of various wind farms. Alice was able to create a map that showed three features: color, shape, and size. She also visually verified EACH wind farm location, turbine type, and number of turbines. The size of the indicators represent the capacity of the wind farms. The color denotes the period that the wind farm was built and the shape is a teardrop or anchor if the first of several parts of one wind farm. Each teardrop gives information about each of the wind farms. This includes the exactly gps coordinates, which phase of the wind farm that you are looking at, and what year the wind farm was built. Alice’s map can be viewed at: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=203693546728304903007.0004d021d1c71ea514751
Mathilde Grimaud worked with WAsP software. This software is a PC program that completes data analysis, wind atlas generation, wind climate estimation, and wind farm power calculations. Mathilde was charged with the task of learning to use the WAsP software, and then developing an easy method to model wind power production at different sites. She discovered several free software programs to convert files from one format to another. Those programs include: WAsP Climate Analyst 2, and NRG Symphonie Data Retriever. Mathilde developed a straightforward method and answered the questions: Is the WAsP Software reliable? She concluded that the latest version of WAsP is more reliable than the older version, but she needed to run more tests to get highly accurate results.