Texas Tech Works To Make Wind Energy A Main Source of Energy

Published 04/23 2014 03:20PM

Updated 04/23 2014 06:14PM

By: Meredith Hillgartner 

LUBBOCK,TX-In Lubbock cotton is king, but researchers are turning to wind to become one of  Lubbock’s biggest export.

Russell Thomasson works for the office of research and commercialization.           

Basically, it is his job to make sure research projects at tech make it to production in the corporate world.

One of their biggest projects is wind energy.

With an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour, Lubbock is one of the nations' biggest wind energy producers and Texas tech is leading the way with wind research,

“It is already being used as a significant source,” Thomasson said. “Most anywhere in the country is using some amount of wind generation. Of course, west Texas uses more and supplies more than most other places.

In 2010, Governor Perry gave Texas Tech $8.4 million for wind research.

The university continued to build that fund with the help of private donors.

That money helped create the national wind institute at Texas Tech.

“As we learn more about the wind power technology, the costs comes down,“ Thomasson said.

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