Research on Wind Energy Technology along U.S.-Mexico Border

New Mexico State University (NMSU) researchers and students are advancing the development of wind energy technology along the U.S.-Mexico border, with the ultimate goal of wind energy commercialization.

NMSU is participating in the Department of Energy Windpowering America Program, which targets regional economic development through wind energy. The NMSU wind team recently helped co-host and instruct during the Wind Energy Applications Training Symposium workshop in Boulder, Colo., at the National Wind Test Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NMSU’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) and College of Engineering have teamed with the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and the NMSU Office of International Programs as part of the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Program. Focal points include development of an inexpensive wind turbine for grid applications, identification of energy site candidates along the border, commercialization of the first border wind farm, and support of wind industry development in the region. “The purpose of the wind energy training is to provide Native Americans, international participants and engineering students with a more in-depth background on wind energy and application tools,” said Robert Foster, program manager for the Southwest Region Experiment Station, an IEE research arm specializing in solar, wind and geothermal energy systems. The NMSU wind energy program is supported by contracts with the National Science Foundation, the United Nations Development Program, NASA, NREL and the DOE Windpowering America Program.

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