The Charleston region is an ideal location for developing, testing, and launching new power system technologies. Competitive advantages include: university-based research; engineering and supercomputing capabilities; a strong existing manufacturing cluster; renewable energy industry; and a deepwater port. Clemson University’s Energy Campus is the hub of drivetrain and power systems technologies for the Charleston region.
The continued development of the region’s aerospace industry will provide complementary and non-competing capabilities in composites, logistics, electronics, and other related areas.
- Source: Clemson University Restoration Institute
Home to the world’s most advanced drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced
drivetrain systems for wind turbines, marine, and automotive industries. It can simultaneously test on its 7.5 MW and 15 MW rigs.
The site offers multiple on-site logistics capabilities: rail and road access, a max crane capacity of 750 tons at dock, and on-site mobile heavy lifting, in addition to all facilities at the adjacent deepwater Port of Charleston.
The Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development (eGRID) Center is housed in the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center. The 15-megawatt
hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator supports education, research, and economic development to speed new electrical technologies to market. The eGRID can
simulate the electrical grid of any country in the world. It mimics real world conditions such as power outages, voltage drops, and physical attacks.
These next gen technologies will play a central role in shaping the world’s energy future. They are co-located on Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) campus in North Charleston.
Opening in Fall 2016 on CURI’s campus, this Graduate Education Center will foster collaboration and innovation in a place where students, university
faculty and staff, and private industry will interact on a daily basis to further advance the next generation of power systems. The latest industries, from
composite materials and energy systems to advanced computing and microscopy, will engage in public-private partnerships to accelerate innovations to
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