The Author

Dr. Vaughn Nelson has been involved with wind energy since the early 1970s, is the author of five books (four books on CD), has published over fifty articles and reports, was the principal investigator on numerous grants, and has given over sixty workshops and seminars on the local to international level. His primary work has been on wind resource assessment, education and training, applied R&D, and rural applications of wind energy. Presently, he is a research professor with the Alternative Energy Institute (AEI), West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). He was director of AEI from its inception in 1977 through 2003 and retired as dean of the graduate school of Research and Information Technology, WTAMU, in 2001. He has served on State of Texas committees, most notably the Texas Energy Coordination Council during its 10 years. He has received three awards from the American Wind Energy Association, one of which was the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and served on the board of directors for state and national renewable energy organizations.

Dr. Nelson's degrees are a PhD in physics, University of Kansas; an EdM, Harvard University; and a BSE, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. He was at the Departamento de FĂ­sica, Universidad de Oriente, Cumana, Venezuela for 2 years and then at WTAMU from 1969 to the present.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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