New TTU Deal at Pantex Will Expand Wind Research

Published 05/01 2014 06:00PM

Updated 05/01 2014 06:04PM

By Kathlene Davis

LUBBOCK, TX -- On Thursday Texas Tech University signed a partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration and the National Wind Institute.

As part of the new deal the Pantex Renewable Energy Project near Amarillo, which will begin operation in June, will allow Texas Tech and the National Wind Institute to conduct a variety of wind research according to a statement.

“We are excited to expand on this partnership,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “It will be a step toward Texas Tech’s mission to develop a university owned and operated world-class wind energy research center, including a utility-scale wind farm near PREP.”

Texas Tech and the NWI will have access to help with their research:

*The wind turbine site for the purpose of monitoring equipment installation *Supervisory control and data acquisition, SCADA, data from wind farm *SOnic Detection And Ranging (SODAR), meteorological (MET) tower data and metadata *Maintenance data related to the turbine operations *Power quality and electrical data from equipment.

In return Texas Tech and the NWI will provide the NPO with reports of its findings the statement said.

“We are enthusiastic to team with the NNSA in collaboration on the Pantex Renewable Energy Project,” said Robert V. Duncan, Texas Tech University Vice President for Research. “The data that we obtain and analyze will provide a profound service in the national interest in wind energy, which currently supplies five percent of our national electrical power needs.”

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