By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming announced plans for its Wind Energy Research Center, which will develop the technology needed to make wind-powered electricity more reliable.
UW College of Engineering Professor John Naughton will direct the project. He says that wind could ultimately provide the country with 20 percent of its electricity, but that technology will take a long time to develop.
"Some of the technologies that need to be developed are, for instance, forecasting of power production," Naughton says. "We would like to be able to forecast 24 hours in advance how much wind we could produce. This will help the utility companies handle the changes in power."
Wind currently produces less than 1 percent of the country's power. Naughton says that as concern over carbon-emissions grows, funding will continue to pour into developing new technologies.