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NMSU windmill technology workshop set for May 28-31

Craig Runyan, co-coordinator of New Mexico State University?s Windpower Technology Center, along with five other professors and industry volunteers, will head the 42nd annual NMSU Windmill Technology and Certification workshop May 28-31. The deadline to apply is May 23.


The workshop will take place at the Las Cruces campus near the police station at 925 College Drive.

It is open to the public with a $200 early registration fee. Late, on-site registration will cost $225 and will begin at 11 a.m. Space is limited to 25 participants.

?We sometimes go over the limit by a few, but we like to keep the group small so our participants get the most personalized training possible,? Runyan said.

Windmills have long been a staple of energy and power throughout the world and new technology has allowed this historic power source to flourish. This hands-on workshop will allow attendees to learn how to fix, build and use windmills.

?We tear apart training models and we rebuild them,? Runyan said. ?Learning this can save people thousands of dollars in repairs.?

The workshop includes a field exercise during which participants complete a tower and mill assembly and installation, and set the down well components on a working well.

?We start with some basic understanding and from there we see the level of expertise of the attendees and what they are interested in learning,? Runyan said. ?The workshop begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, and ends at 12 noon on Saturday, May 31. At the end of each day?s schedule, instructors stay for individual training until participants are done and feel that their questions have been answered.?

Tools, training materials and hardhats will be provided. For registration information contact Pam Robeson at 575-646-5960. For information about the schedule contact Carlos Rosencras at 575-649-7946.