Texas Tech and Partners to Power Up First Wind Research Farm
September 8, 2010
Industry and research sectors join to solve national challenges in wind energy.
Texas Tech University
, industry and research partners are poised to power up their first of several planned
renewable energy test facilities to help resolve key scientific and technology issues
facing the wind power and broader clean energy industries.
The first wind turbines will be placed at Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas,
where a groundbreaking for the research farm is currently being planned and will be
announced in the coming weeks.
The National Institute for Renewable Energy (NIRE), a public-private partnership formed
earlier this year by the Innovate Texas Foundation with collaborative support from
Texas Tech, will design, construct and operate the research wind farm and provide
research access to Texas Tech and the National Wind Resource Center (NWRC), a non-profit
research center. As strategic research partners to Texas Tech, South Plains Electric
Co-Op in coordination with Golden Spread Electric will purchase the power generated
through this effort.
Established by Texas Tech, the NWRC will centralize the research, with support from
many of the nation’s leading research universities, each utilizing its unique areas
of expertise within the renewable energy sector.
The initial research goals of the NWRC are to tackle the three main challenges faced
nationally in the wind power industry: enhancing the performance and reliability of
wind power, decreasing the cost of wind power and addressing power storage issues.
“There are several new turbine technologies we plan to deploy at the Reese Technology
Center,” said David L. Miller, chairman of the NIRE Board of Directors. “We are also
currently evaluating several additional sites for the deployment of a scalable energy
In July the Texas Emerging Technology Fund awarded $8.4 million to Texas Tech University
to support the launch of NIRE and NWRC. Additionally, national organizations supporting
NIRE include the American Wind Energy Association, The Wind Alliance and The Wind
Coalition. They will be joined by as many as 30 private-sector firms with large investments
in renewable energy projects.
The Innovate Texas Foundation
is a non-profit institution that serves as a catalyst for collaboration and transactions
among universities, industry, investors and government enabling them to engage with
the global economy more efficiently and effectively.
The Reese Technology Center
is a regional world-class, high technology research, educational training, and business
community by generating capital and intellectual wealth. Reese Technology Center consists
of a main campus centered in education, research, engineering and technology, and
an airfield comprised of three runways.
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Texas Tech University System,
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