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SCE&G Energy Innovation Center / Duke Energy eGRID

DSC_0346The world’s most-advanced energy systems testing and research center, the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, was named during a dedication ceremony in November 2013 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.

Building
- Funded by U.S. Department of Energy, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant and private-public partners
- Existing structure stands at 82,264 square feet on 6.3 acres and features a 48-foot clearance
- Built in 1942, modified in 1985 and decommissioned in 1995
- Formerly main warehouse for U.S. Navy non-hazardous materials

The Duke Energy eGRID (Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development) will allow for testing of the wind turbine generators compatibility to 50 or 60 Hz electrical transmission grids. This is important to ensure the wind turbines have minimal impact to the existing grid as well as grid disturbances having minimal impact on the machines.


Capabilities

7.5 MW CAPACITY TEST RIG
Specimen is 26 feet in diameter and weighs 150 tons with off-axis and bending moment static load applicator capable of reproducing forces seen in real-world conditions.

15 MW CAPACITY TEST RIG
Specimen is 43 feet in diameter and weighs 400 tons with dynamic off-axis and bending moment load applicator capable of reproducing forces seen in real-world conditions.