Houston Chronicle - In the basement of an engineering building at the University of Houston, Daniel Araya flips a giant switch and air whooshes through a tunnel, spinning a basket-like gadget that turns on a vertical axis.
Houston and Texas have another advantage: Space is cheap. That comes both in the form of labs for designing hardware as well as open areas for testing grid-scale inventions. "Boston and California don't have the space and size like we do in Texas," says Carsten Westergaard, a professor at Texas Tech University who tests his inventions at the National Wind Institute in Lubbock.
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