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Advisory: State of the Art Wind Testing Facility to Open in N. Charleston, SC Tomorrow


New Clemson Univ. center is vital to reducing offshore wind energy costs

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Director of Policy & Communications, 865.235.1448,

Charleston, S.C.///NEWS ADVISORY/// Clemson University Restoration Institute will officially open and dedicate the state-of-the-art Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility and Electrical Grid Simulator tomorrow in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In November of 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Clemson University a $45 million grant to develop a facility capable of full-scale, highly-accelerated testing of next-generation wind turbine technology. Now complete, this $110 million facility will enable offshore wind turbine manufacturers to test prototype and next-generation turbines quickly and safely. Clemson University’s efforts are vitally important for South Carolina, the United States and the global offshore wind industry to reduce the costs and increase the reliability of offshore wind turbines.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is proud to be recognized as a ‘Joule’ level sponsor for the opening ceremonies. Several SACE staff will be in attendance at tomorrow’s event including Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director, and Simon Mahan, Renewable Energy Manager. They and other colleagues will be available in person or by phone through the SACE media line (865-235-1448) to speak with media before and after the grand opening ceremonies take place at 3:00 p.m. EST tomorrow.

SACE has been a fervent supporter of Clemson’s efforts ever since this facility was first announced in 2009. We have written extensively on the facility, wind energy in South Carolina and the importance of offshore wind in fueling a clean energy economy. A few resources are accessible below:

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