Yesterday, the Charleston region officially became home to the world’s most advanced drivetrain testing facility, and the first-of-its-kind smart grid simulator. Dubbed the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, this state-of-the-art research center will play a big role in shaping the world’s energy future.
More than 1,000 people came to witness yesterday’s official dedication of this game-changing energy facility, including senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, SCANA, SCE&G, Duke Energy, GE, Shell and Clemson University.
Launched by the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), the $98 million energy testing facility is one of only three places in the world capable of testing next generation wind turbine drivetrains, with testing capacity three-times greater than any other facility currently in operation.
The Energy Innovation Center also hosts the Duke Energy eGRID center (Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development)—a world-class testing platform that mimics “real-world” conditions such as major power outages, voltage drops and physical attacks—without posing a risk to the “real-world” grid. The unique 15 MW Hardware-in-the-Loop eGRID center will serve as a stage for developing, testing and certifying new technology for the electrical market.
Here are just a few additional ways the Energy Innovation Center is putting the Charleston region at the forefront of testing and developing energy systems:
Energy systems are a key industry target and cornerstone of the CRDA’s strategy to build a sustainable, diverse regional economy. This week’s dedication of the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center marks a major step forward in paving the way for global companies and suppliers to test, develop and launch their technologies in the Lowcountry.