Texas A&M CT Announces $600M USD Solar Test Farm, First Univ. to go All Solar
June 28, 2013 7:31 PM
A hundred manufacturers and technology-makers will field products
Texas A&M Univ.
this week a pretty clever way to save on its power costs -- turn nearby unused acreage into the world's largest solar test farm, dubbed the "Center For Solar Energy".
(Note: There are many bigger
farms, but Texas A&M is billing this as the biggest farm purely for solar prototyping/R&D.)
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp
and A&M-Central Texas President Marc Nigliazzo, the new farm will be far different from commercial farms, fielding hundreds of solar cell designs from dozens of manufacturers. Mr. Sharp said he hopes to have over 100 manufacturers and solar technology players onboard for the project, which he thinks could draw in $400-500B USD in research over a five- to six-year span.
Why does the university claim that much investment will be inbound? It's confident that by making itself the nucleus of all things solar, it will become the favored prooving ground for all manner of technologies that produce power from sunlight from
to more novel designs
like stirling engines
. It says that a product that would take six years to develop elsewhere should be able to be fully tested in only two years, thanks to this concentration of expertise.
Texas A&M-Central Texas President Marc Nigliazz [Image Source: KD Herald]
The farm will be situated on 800 acres in Bell County, and is expected to produce 50 MW. That's enough to provide 100 percent of the university's power (with grid storage smoothing periods of low production), plus enough juice for 20,000 nearby homes. The installation will also provide electricity to the nearby
Fort Hood military installation
largest active-duty armored post
in the U.S. Armed Services. Fort Hood officials were on hand at the project kickoff.
A&M Chancellor Sharp
, "Obama has charged military installations to use 30 to 40 percent of renewable energy on their bases. With this [center], Fort Hood thinks it will be the first post to achieve that."
The project will cost $600M USD, but most of the costs will be absorbed by venture capitalists, eager to profit off the technologies tested and developed at the site. As a result, the university says it does not expect to "expend any capital on the project", and in fact expects to save "$250,000 in its first year of center operation."
Center director Bruce Mercy explains the planned installation. [Image Source: KD Herald]
Students at the university will also gain new options -- "physics and business degrees with an emphasis in renewable energy; and advanced degrees in those same disciplines" will be offered.
So far the primary private-sector collaborator is California-based
PPA Partners, LLC
, a renewable energy consulting firm.
Texas A&M [press release]
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