ABOUT THE CENTER

 

 

On Nov. 23, 2009 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded a $45 million grant – the largest single award in university history and largest single grant by the U.S. DOE for wind power – to Clemson University. The purpose of the grant was to design, build and operate a facility capable of full-scale, highly accelerated testing of next-generation wind turbine drive-train technology.

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy objectives for the project are to:

  • Accelerate the development and deployment of new wind turbine technology.
  • Reduce the cost of energy delivered that will result in further growth in the market leading to economic development.
  • Support the country’s push towards energy independence.

The $98M facility, which includes $53M of private and state contributions, is strategically located at the Clemson University Restoration Institute’s (CURI) campus at the former U.S. Naval Base in North Charleston, South Carolina. Modeled after the success of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, the facility forges public/private partnerships in a unique industrial, port environment.

The world-class facility was named the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center during a dedication ceremony in November 2013. 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.

The Duke Energy eGRID — Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development — 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.

 

OUR MISSION

The mission of the drivetrain testing facility is to provide high value, high quality and cost-competitive testing services to industry that will lead to lowering the cost of energy delivered by wind power.

OUR VISION AS A UNIVERSITY

Building a sustainable future through education, collaborative research, strategic partnerships, workforce development, and accelerating new technologies to market.

 

Global Best Projects Winner

Engineering News-Record

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in the Power/Industrial Category (June 2015)

 

Engineering Excellence Award

American Council of Engineering Companies of SC (ACEC-SC)

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in the Building and Technology Systems Category (February 2015)

Top 25 Newsmakers

Engineering News-Record

Nikolaos Rigas, SCE&G Energy Innovation Center Executive Director selected (January 2015)

The Trailblazer Award

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Awarded to Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) (October 2014)

Southeast 2014 Best Project

Engineering News-Record

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in Energy/Industrial Category (August 2014)

Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in the Industrial Category (June 2014)

Southeast 2014 National Best of the Best Projects

Engineering News-Record

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in the Energy/Industrial Category (March 2015)

Best Building Project

2014 Carolinas AGC Pinnacle Award

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center (February 2015)

2014 Project of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center (November 2014)

2014 Project Achievement Award

Construction Management Association of America

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was selected in the Buildings, New Construction (Constructed Value Less than $50M) Category (October 2014)

LEED Gold Certification

U.S. Green Building Council

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center (July 2014)