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:
Our Staff Page has been updated to better clarify Student Worker and Graduate Research Assistant positions, as well as to announce the newest member of our staff, Jordan Eason!
Click here to visit.
The Alternative Energy Institute has received an award of $497,350 from the State Energy Conservation Office for the installation of renewable energy systems at the Palo Duro Research Facility and at the feed mill at the WTAMU Nance Ranch (Regional Wind Test Center).
The total project cost is around $622,000. The state provided money for renewable energy projects with funding provided through federal ARRA funds. For more information, click here.
Staff Working on the Project:
- Project Director, Dr. Byungik Chang, Director AEI
- Principal Investigator, Ken Starcher, Assistant Director AEI
The project, involving solar and wind electricity, will consist of two components:
- Photovoltaics (PV), 48 kW for the Palo Duro Research Center.
- Wind, 50 kW for the feed mill at the WTAMU, Nance Ranch.
The objectives is to reduce electric consumption at WTAMU through use of renewable energy, as well as providing information on performance and economics of the systems. Information on both systems will be disseminated to the public and business entities through seminars and display areas.
Systems will provide electricity for use on-site and systems also displace the production of carbon dioxide from the conventional power plants.
One proposed system will have two 4 kW tracker units, and 40 kW of fixed tilt, flat plate PV. The PV system will generate an estimated 80,000 kWh/yr.
AEI will also install a 50 kW, 49 ft diameter wind turbine, on a 120 ft tower. The system will generate an estimated 175,000 kWh/yr.