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NMSU studies wind energy potential

New Mexico State University has launched a project to track wind speeds in Eastern New Mexico to determine potential locations for commercial wind turbines. NMSU's Agricultural Science center at Clovis erected a 50-meter meteorological tower in November at a site 13 miles north of Clovis to gather wind data. The science center will work with NMSU's Institute for Energy and the Environment and the College of Engineering to process the data, calculate potential to power wind turbines, and make the information available to the public.

New Mexico State University has launched a project to track wind speeds in Eastern New Mexico to determine potential locations for commercial wind turbines.

NMSU's Agricultural Science center at Clovis erected a 50-meter meteorological tower in November at a site 13 miles north of Clovis to gather wind data. The science center will work with NMSU's Institute for Energy and the Environment and the College of Engineering to process the data, calculate potential to power wind turbines, and make the information available to the public.

Turbines typically need wind speeds of between 15 and 20 miles per hour to produce power on a commercial scale. Rex Kirksey, superintendent at the Clovis science center, says local wind speeds should meet those requirements.

"Mean annual wind speeds for these areas, at 150 feet above ground level, is estimated at 17 to 18 mph, which is very favorable for commercial wind energy production," Kirksey said in a news release.

Thanks to gusty winds on New Mexico's eastern plains, energy companies have substantially increased wind energy production there since 2003, from 200 megawatts of installed capacity to 496 megawatts. Four large commercial wind... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

New Mexico State University has launched a project to track wind speeds in Eastern New Mexico to determine potential locations for commercial wind turbines.

NMSU's Agricultural Science center at Clovis erected a 50-meter meteorological tower in November at a site 13 miles north of Clovis to gather wind data. The science center will work with NMSU's Institute for Energy and the Environment and the College of Engineering to process the data, calculate potential to power wind turbines, and make the information available to the public.
 
Turbines typically need wind speeds of between 15 and 20 miles per hour to produce power on a commercial scale. Rex Kirksey, superintendent at the Clovis science center, says local wind speeds should meet those requirements.

"Mean annual wind speeds for these areas, at 150 feet above ground level, is estimated at 17 to 18 mph, which is very favorable for commercial wind energy production," Kirksey said in a news release.

Thanks to gusty winds on New Mexico's eastern plains, energy companies have substantially increased wind energy production there since 2003, from 200 megawatts of installed capacity to 496 megawatts. Four large commercial wind farms now operate in the area ranging in capacity from 80 megawatts to 204 megawatts.

To obtain monthly summary reports from the Wind Monitoring Project, call the Clovis science center at (505) 985-2292, or visit the center's Web site at clovissc.nmsu.edu.


Source: http://albuquerque.bizjourn...

JAN 18 2007
http://www.windaction.org/posts/6842-nmsu-studies-wind-energy-potential
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