September 12, 2011
AEI is hiring a student worker for Field Work and Data Collection!
AEI Regional Wind Test Center is hiring one student to assist in field work and data collection. This position will require mechanical/electrical ability and knowledge of computers.
Applicant must have transportation if needed to and from the wind test center 7 miles east of Campus.
Please contact David Carr with questions: 651-2295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A criminal history background check will be obtained on the student hired for this position.
To Apply (and For More Information)
To apply, check out the WTAMU Student Job Listings.
August 10, 2011
Fall 2011 courses will be starting soon at West Texas A&M University’s!
There will be two courses related to Renewable Energy this semester and three more Engineering Technology classes. The topics include Materials, fabric, metals, ceramics and individual study.
Both renewable courses will be offered online through WTAMU’s Continuing Education department. Ken Starcher will be teaching the renewable courses. Byungik Chang will be teaching the other ET classes. You must be registered with West Texas A&M University to sign up for these classes.
Classes begin AUGUST 29TH, 2010.
If you would be interested in taking these courses, please look at the following course summaries:
August 3, 2011
Here’s some more news on the end of the research lab at Bushland, by Kevin Welch at the Amarillo Globe-News.
Some types of energy projects have been spinning at Bushland’s Conservation and Production Laboratory for more than three decades, but they’ll start slowing to a stop in two years.
“Our national research program office said it wanted a stronger emphasis on biofuels, and we are the only solar/wind program so we kind of stuck out,” acting lab director Terry Howell said. “But there will be no impact on federal funding or personnel. The only people who will be affected by the transition work for West Texas A&M.”
All the soil and water conservation, feedlot, crop management and plant variety improvement work at the lab will continue.
It’s part of a change of concept and philosophy by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced four more biomass projects in several states, but not Texas, to use non-food crops such as wood, oil seed or switchgrass to create fuel.
Click here to read the full article on the Globe-News web site.
For more on Bushland, check out this NewsChannel10 Amarillo interview.
NewsChannel 10 Amarillo posted a video this weekend about the end of the USDA wind research program in Bushland. AEI’s Ken Starcher was interviewed for this story.
Click here to view the video on the NewsChannel 10 web site.
For more on Bushland, check out this Amarillo Globe-News article.
July 25, 2011
Texas Monthly will be publishing an article featuring the Alternative Energy Institute‘s former director, Dr. Vaughn Nelson. Nelson was also a professor at West Texas A&M University and recently authored the book Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment.
Here is a brief preview of the article A Mighty Wind (by Kate Galbraith and Asher Price).
One cool Lubbock afternoon in 1979, Father Joe James made a kite. He nailed together a small wooden cross, glued paper across it, and on the long tail of twine tied streamers every five feet. Then he walked out of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the energy-saving, below-ground house of worship he had designed, climbed up a modest slope, and launched the contraption above the church’s school and football field. Staring up at the fluttering streamers, he could gauge which way the wind was blowing and where it blew hardest.
To read more, click here. Texas Monthly requires you to subscribe in order to read it’s full articles.
Thank you Class 4 Winds for giving us a heads up on this!
July 19, 2011
Congratulations to Cesar Ramos, our new Research Technician! He will be joining the AEI Staff on August 1st, 2011.
And to our former Field Assistant, Jeff Ludlum, thanks for all you’ve done for AEI!
July 18, 2011
More local news via the Amarillo Globe-News! This article is by Kevin Welch.
Xcel Energy plans on moving an idle turbine from near Borger to Tucumcari, N.M., to provide backup power there. The unit has provided additional power during peak demand using natural gas, said Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves, but the company will convert it to run on diesel fuel.
For more, click here to read the full article.
Local News by Yann Ranaivo from the Amarillo-Globe News:
Some time in the future, Earth will run out of the fossil fuels available for producing energy.
Vaughn Nelson, a retired West Texas A&M University physics professor, stresses that point in “Introduction to Renewable Energy,” a textbook released this year that discusses how renewable sources can be used to help the world rely less on coal, natural gas and oil in the future.
The work in the textbook stems from lessons Nelson taught during a WT course on renewable energy last year, he said.
“As I told my students all along, the first thing is conservation and energy efficiency and the second priority is renewable energy,” he said. “We’re going to have to shift that way, especially given all the money we send overseas for imported oil.”
Nelson’s book is part of a much greater push to increase the use of energy from wind, the sun, water and biomass.
To read the rest of the story, click here! To find out more about Nelson’s book, Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, check it out on Amazon.
July 5, 2011
The 2011 Edition of our educational Mini-CDs are now for sale! They include:
Click the links above for more information on each CD. These CDs can be purchased through the WT Bookstore and are currently $25 plus $2 in shipping. For international rates, check out the Mini CD Pricing page on our web site. There are only 54 in stock (18 of each), so order now while supplies last!
If you would like to order a large CD (for Macintosh or for personal use), please contact us and we’ll gladly make one for you! As noted on the Prices page, they are $30 each.
Combo CDs are not available at this time. Trainer CDs have been discontinued for the time being.
June 9, 2011
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AEI is looking for an Alternative Energy research technician. Go to jobs.wtamu.edu to apply and see the full job description. Here are the basics:
Will be in charge of daily operations, installations and maintenance at the AEI Regional Wind Test Center. This will involve installing turbines, towers, and data acquisition systems. Duties also include maintaining shop, buildings, and property in safe and organized fashion. Training will be provided as needed. Will oversee up to 6 part time employees assisting with duties. Travel may be required up to 25%.
Skills and/or Expertise Needed
- Associate Degree or equivalent technical experience with the following:
- Mechanical and electrical background.
- Familiarity with gearboxes, electric motors, minor plumbing, and ability to interpret and follow drawings.
- Good writing and record-keeping skills.
- Must be able to climb to 330 ft.
- Willing to work in adverse weather conditions.
- BS in Mechanical, Electrical, or Agricultural Engineering or a BS in Engineering Technology.
- Climbing certification.
Interested? Here are instructions on how to find the job description and apply.
To Find Job Description
- Go to jobs.wtamu.edu.
- Click Search Postings.
- Search for Job Position: Research Technician, or Department: Alternative Energy Institute or enter Job Number: 60579.
Click Apply for this Posting on the Job Listing.