A&M just recently issued an RFP requesting bids
on the installation of 16 solar modules and two wind generators on the roof of
the Engineering & Science Building on main campus. This
renewable energy power system will be used by faculty and students to study
renewable energy potential in the South and East Texas regions.
This is not A&M's first attempt to research
renewable energy. Hopefully it will not be the last. In fact, in
some ways it is reinvention of the wheel. When I went to school there back
in the early eighties the Mechanical Engineering Department erected a wind
turbine out at the Engineering Extension at the old Air Force Base on Hwy
21. I was not directly involved in that project but several of my fellow
students were and I followed their work closely. Results were
disappointing because College Station is not really a good area for wind and the
product they put up left a lot to be desired. This turbine was dismantled
a few years later. I travel 21 at least four times a year and I miss
seeing the turning blades from the highway.
Early this year West Texas A&M put up a
large wind energy system on their campus. While study continues the
main problem with this project is that the product was bought out of state and
constructed with foreign labor. The issue I have (as a vendor) with this
project is that it made little or no contribution to the Texas economy and does
not help to feed Texas families.
There is no reason why state run colleges, agencies
and facilities cannot conduct this kind of business in the state and make a
positive contribution to the Texas renewable energy industry.
We are moving November 2003.
Our new address
25581 IH-10 West
San Antonio, Texas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2003 5:44
Subject: [hreg] We all knew it was
What do you call an Aggie 5 years after
As much ribbing as Aggies get, they
have a world class Engineering Dept there in College Station. This
article, by Mark Ehsani confirms what seems obvious to anyone who chooses
to pursue the basic philosophy of conservation and how it relates
to the real world.
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