Wind Energy

at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

ABOUT THE INSTALLATION

Three Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi locations are now home to 11 vertical-axis wind turbines producing a combined total capacity of 92 kilowatts, making this the largest installation of its kind in the nation. With help from the area’s unique high-speed afternoon winds, 300 tons of CO2 emissions will be displaced by the wind turbines each year. Another noteworthy accomplishment is that the 20-kilowatt vertical axis wind turbines are the largest of this type in the continental United States.

The installed vertical axis wind turbines will create opportunities for learning, research, and innovation to apply engineering principles to real-world wind power generation. In addition to educational benefits, the project will set an example of sustainability for the Coastal Bend region. The harvesting of wind energy for power generation will significantly increase the University’s installed capacity of renewable energy, and greatly reduce its carbon footprint. The wind turbines will produce an estimated 217,946 kilowatt hours of electricity generated from renewable resources.

LOCATIONS

  • Main campus: Four (three 20-kilowatt, one 4-kilowatt) turbines, near the Jellyfish parking lot
  • Momentum Campus: Three (4-kilowatt) turbines near the Nile Drive/Ennis Joslin Road intersection
  • Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center in Flour Bluff:  Four (4-kilowatt) turbines

UNIQUE QUALITIES

  • Rotates on vertical axis
  • Takes advantage of peak winds in Corpus Christi
  • Will be used for research on the technology
  • Will be used to teach students on green energy
  • 75 ft tall
  • 92 kilowatt capacity
  • Saves an estimated $18,000 to $25,000 a year in utility costs

The wind turbines are distributed by 3eWerks and manufactured by Urban Green Energy, the world’s leading manufacturer of vertical-axis wind turbines. The initiative was funded by a $955,000 Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Stimulus Grant from the State Energy Conservation Office with the University matching $265,000 in funds, for a total of $1.2 million for the project.

The 20-kilowatt wind turbines are 75 feet tall, while the 4-kilowatt turbines stand at 40 feet.