Texas A&M University-Central Texas announced Thursday a partnership it hopes will foster innovation and education in the fields of renewable energy and solar technology.

University President Marc Nigliazzo and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp rolled out A&M-Central Texas’ collaboration with the Center for Solar Energy, which is seeking to create a hub of research, evaluation, development and testing of emerging solar technologies in Central Texas.

“We are here to launch a bold initiative that we believe will have a state, national and even global impact,” Nigliazzo said.

The center is being developed in partnership with the California-based solar company PPA Partners, and will create an “incubation” program, with the goal of creating early-stage solar technologies and attracting investors willing to bring that technology into the marketplace.

“Our mission is to discover, promote and champion American-originated solar technology,” said Bruce Mercy, the center’s executive director.

Plans for the center include the creation of an 800-acre incubation and demonstration site in Bell County that will house a massive assortment of solar and photovoltaic technologies. The site will be used to collect data and to create, test and demonstrate new technologies as well as power the university’s campus.

Mercy said the center will create a program that will recruit entrepreneurs and bring them to Central Texas. There they will not only be able to develop new technologies, but will go though a rigorous program that will train them in areas such as engineering, marketing and manufacturing with the goal of taking their ideas from concept to market within two years.

“We want to support and validate these innovators,” Mercy said.

In addition to developing curriculum for certificates and later degrees in solar and photovoltaic technology, Nigliazzo said the center would also work with the university’s other departments, including business and computer science.

He also noted that local community colleges such as Central Texas College and Temple College currently offer courses in solar energy and claimed they, too, would benefit from the partnership.

“The (center) will not only accelerate research and curriculum development at A&M-Central Texas, it will extend collaborative opportunities across the educational spectrum to universities and agencies within the Texas A&M University System, as well as to our regional community college partners and school districts.”

Mercy said the center would lure and keep solar energy entrepreneurs in Central Texas, possibly creating new jobs.

“Ideally, Central Texas will become a corridor for clean technology,” Mercy said.

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Paul Felix Schott


Did not the investigating commission that was appointed by the Japanese Parliament just concluded, That It was very sadly a Profoundly Man-made Disaster that Could and Should have Been Foreseen and at all cost been Prevented.” This commission dose hold the Japan Government, Regulators and its Nuclear Owners and Operators Responsible for the Meltdown that occurred at Fukushima, after a Powerful Earthquake that generated a Large Tsunami that struck the country’s northeast coast in March of the year 2011.

This Plant was built by "GE" or know as "General Electric" A American Company and there are 23 of them in America just like the one they built at Fukushim Japan. At least one in the state of Illinois. Thank GOD Illinois does not have a lot of Earthquakes. Yet ? and are the 23 power plants that are built just like the Fukushima one Safe of the 100+ Nuclear Power Plants in the United States of America??? Or are they a Disaster looking to come?

There is enough Energy coming from our SUN in a day to power all our needs on Earth for for a long time.
Solar Energy is Safe and Clean and Can Power All Are Needs and much more.

There is enough Energy coming from our SUN in a day to power all our needs on Earth for for a long time.
This was told by two men 100 years ago and 2,242 years ago.
Told by most all Scientist that these two men were of the World s most smartest men to ever live on Earth they were Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Scientist and Inventors of many things "Archimedes and Albert Einstein".

The smartest to ever to walk on Earth was are Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott

So why on Earth is anyone still looking at Dirty, Unsafe or Disastrous Energy like Oil, Coal and Nuclear Power Plants.

These two are at the top of the list of the World’s Greatest Scientists,
Viewed by Scientist around the World.

Sad that for the last 25 years or so of every teacher asked no matter what
Grade k through 16. At least 80% of them did not know Archimedes. Even sadder 90%
of them could not tell you what one of the most Brilliant Scientist to ever
live on Earth. Won the Nobel Prize for.

It was for the work Albert Einstein did to show the World it could get
Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).

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