LC Bulletin: Capitalizing on LC’s intellectual assets

February 5, 2010. Retrieved online: February 5, 2010 from Gabriel Vasquez, Las Cruces Bulletin

High-tech business banks on increasing predictability for wind energy scouting

James Stalker, president and co-founder of Regional Earth System Predictability Research (RESPR) Inc., is committed to growing his high-tech company in Las Cruces.

“I started the company to create financial stability for myself, but I also did it to create local jobs in Las Cruces,” Stalker said. “I wanted to be part of the economic development scene in southern New Mexico, that was a big priority for me.”

RESPR, now in its seventh year, works with technology that streamlines wind energy scouting and energy assessment to minimize the time and money it takes to identify potential sites for wind energy development.

Stalker, a former scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL), said he relocated to Las Cruces in 2006 to take advantage of the area’s business growth opportunities, such as collaborative research development with New Mexico State University and access to alternative energy development sites in the southern part of the state. His company was previously based in Santa Fe.

“NMSU was supportive of my technology,” Stalker said. “So I became a tenant at the Arrowhead Center and eventually moved to a location with the Physical Science Laboratory in Anderson Hall.

They provided me a server room that hosts my computers and gave me some office space. NMSU is a very important part of what we do.”

In addition to sharing space with the university, Stalker also shares the university’s intellectual talent, he said.

Several graduate students help maintain, research and develop the facility’s computational resources that are used to create wind assessments and forecasts.

“We speed up the project development cycle on (a wind project),” Stalker said. “Without the technology we have, it would take a year or more to measure an area’s wind potential and two to three years to find financing and construction.

We cut down that time. We give a lot more information in a lot less time with less expense. That’s the key aspect.”

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