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 email@example.com.
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 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.
June 9, 2011
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.
May 18, 2011
AEI welcomes its new staff members:
- Secretary – Katie Perkins
- Data Assistant – Miguel Grijalva
- Field Assistant – Taehee Jung
- Field Assitant – Jeff Ludlum
We also say goodbye to the following people:
- Jennifer – Previous Secretary
- Abhijit – Previous Field Assistant
All of the new staff members are student workers. You can find out more about them on our staff page, and be sure to check out the new staff photos on Facebook!
March 25, 2011
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Here is this week’s Renewable Energy News Round Up! This is a collection of new, important or offbeat renewable energy news we’ve found throughout the week.
Report: U.S. solar $6 billion industry in 2010
By Candice Lombari at CNET GreenTech
The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.
California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current (MWdc), followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. Others on the Top 10 list in order of greatest installations included Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.
Austin legislators push solar energy measures
Texas is the top-producing state for wind-generated electricity just 12 years after a legislative deal jump-started the industry.
The Legislature is now debating whether Texas should provide a similar subsidy for other renewable energy sources that, according to proponents, would kick-start solar, geothermal and biomass as job-producing industries. The goals also would be to diversify the state’s renewable energy base and help the environment.
PUC approves line route to transmit wind energy
The pace of wind energy transmission approvals for the Panhandle is building from a breeze to a gale with another route finalized and the last two moving along.
The Public Utility Commission approved a line route from near Lefors to the Panhandle area on Friday that could cost $62 million for about 40 miles of high-voltage transmission. That will put the cost of the three segments Cross Texas is building at more than $200 million, according to the company.
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