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CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

Our region intends to lead the way in delivering cost-effective solutions for clean technologies. To that end, our strategy focuses on attracting companies that are developing and/or delivering innovations that will make clean technologies commercially viable. The North American Borderplex is committed to a sustainable future for the businesses and people who make their homes here. There are three potential renewable-energy opportunities in our region of note:

military applications

The Department of Defense has established aggressive goals for the adoption of clean technologies, and the Fort Bliss/WSMR complex is uniquely positioned to support all levels of the value stream - from concept development to developmental testing to final integration. Fort Bliss is home to the Future Force Integration Directorate and the Army Evaluation Task Force (now a BCT), while WSMR offers unparalleled scientific-evaluation capability. As the Army's BCT modernization program evolves, the regional military complex is postured to integrate energy-efficient solutions into existing and future Army platforms.

With more than 3.1 million acres, Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range form the Army's largest CONUS military complex, making it an ideal candidate for distributed generation, as well as further RDT&E for military applications. The military complex is currently undergoing a projected net gain of approximately 24,000 active-duty personnel (2006 to 2013), requiring almost $5 billion in construction.

eco-industrial parks

Regional plans include the development of one or more eco-industrial parks. The availability of large land sites in the region, ranging up to 50,000 acres or more, makes it possible to accommodate multiple activities on the same site. Our concept envisions the co-location of research, developmental testing and energy generation - all present within a single park development. This approach coupled with numerous public and private campus facilities throughout the region, provides a promising environment for the development of microgrids.

carbon-neutral data centers

Information security and business continuity are paramount to a modern company's survival. Given the rapidly growing world of e-commerce and telecommunications, information technology is the leading cause of growth in energy consumption in our society. As a result, many of the world's largest corporations are looking to regions like ours to establish data centers and disaster-recovery facilities. The North American Borderplex is characterized by stable weather and geology, and with the significant availability of land, these large energy-consuming projects can potentially offset their carbon footprint by investing in both a data center and clean-energy generation on the same site.

what our region offers:

  • Some of the highest annual concentrations of solar radiation in the nation - an ideal environment for the research and development of solar-related technologies
  • Close proximity to identified sources of geothermal energy
  • Two research universities (UTEP and NMSU), which offer a solid core of energy-related research capabilities and graduate more than 1,100 scientists and engineers annually
  • The largest Department of the Army CONUS military complex (more than 3 million acres)
  • Robust availability of large tracts of land throughout the region for major projects
  • The service-territory nexus of all three national electric grids
  • Globally competitive operating costs

need land? no problem!

In addition to the massive military complex, the region has some of the of the largest counties (by land area) in the nation. Four counties in the region comprise a combined land area of more than 16,000 square miles. A significant portion of this land is available for sale or lease to companies with clean-technologies projects.

  • El Paso County, Texas - 1,043 Sq. Miles
  • Hudspeth County, Texas - 4,572 Sq. Miles
  • Dona Ana County, New Mexico - 3,807 Sq. Miles
  • Otero County, New Mexico - 6,626 Sq. Miles

The Greater El Paso Region

Possesses the attributes to become a global leader in clean technologies. The combination of natural resources, higher education and the Army's focus on Fort Bliss, as the Army Center for Renewable Energy, make the region an ideal location for energy-related projects. The North American Borderplex is poised to host and sustain multiple renewable-energy projects, ranging from R&D to manufacturing to distributed generation.  Contact The Borderplex Alliance today to learn how your clean-technologies business can benefit from doing business in the North American Borderplex. The Borderplex Alliance can provide all the assistance you need, from finding available facilities to negotiating tax incentives.

 

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Water Technologies

The El Paso region offers unique opportunities for companies that are engaged in the development, design and manufacture of water-related technologies. El Paso and the surrounding areas sit atop a virtual sea of both fresh and brackish groundwater that offers a unique test bed for developing a diverse range of water-related policy and technology. 

Some of these opportunities include …

  • Water-desalination technology
  • Alternative energy
  • Filtration media
  • Industrial equipment, such as pumps and motors
  • R&D for water-resource development in arid climates
 

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A Region of Unique Attributes

A complex system of underground aquifers containing both fresh and brackish water spans the boundaries of three states and two nations.

The world’s largest inland water-desalination plant came online in El Paso in the summer of 2007. The $80 million facility has the capacity to produce 27.5 million gallons of potable water per day.

 

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Desalination Plant

Artist rendering of desalination plant in El Paso, TXThe desalination plant opened in 2007 and included a 30,450–square–foot water-learning center, referred to as TecH2O. TecH2O serves educators, students, policy makers, businesses and the public by providing meeting places and resources to promote the understanding and study of water and water issues. It includes a 250-seat auditorium, a training center, interactive exhibits and demonstration projects. These facilities make TecH2O ideal for regional, national and international symposiums and conferences.

 

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CHIWAWA

Consortium for High Tech Investigations of Water and Wastewater is the partnership among El Paso Water Utilities and The University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University, Texas A&M, Fort Bliss, the city of Alamogordo and others to jointly conduct research, training and technology transfer.

Additional small-capacity desalination plants are planned for the region, including a 5 mgd plant in Horizon City (15 miles east of El Paso) and a 10 mgd plant in Alamogordo, N.M. (89 miles north of El Paso).

Since 1992, El Paso Water Utilities has received 24 distinct national awards for its initiatives in water conservation, which have saved 14 billion gallons of water over a 17-year period. 

 

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