A state-of-the-art facility that will play a central role
in shaping America’s energy future.
The South Carolina Lowcountry’s primary provider of electricity, together with the nation’s largest utility, joined Clemson University on November 21, 2013 to dedicate the world’s most-advanced energy systems testing and research center. The world-class facility was named the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center during a dedication that marks the beginning of groundbreaking research, education and innovation at the Clemson University Restoration Institute campus. SCE&G supported the center with a $3.5 million gift. The center houses the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. A drivetrain takes energy generated by a turbine’s blades and increases the rotational speed to drive the electrical generator, similar to a car’s transmission.
Duke Energy named the 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator the Duke Energy eGRID (Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development) Center. The eGRID, housed in the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, supports education, research and economic development to speed new electrical technologies to market. Hardware-in-the-loop is when a device is connected to a system and the device performs under test as it would under actual conditions. The eGRID can simulate the electrical grid of any country in the world. Duke Energy is contributing $5 million to help fund laboratory infrastructure and educational program development and fund a Smart Grid Technology Endowed Chair. Duke Energy employees will provide the center with ongoing technical expertise and resources. Duke Energy’s endowment was matched by the SmartState Program to establish two distinguished professorships.