World's Largest Wind Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens In S.C.

25th November 2013  To: 25th November 2013

In a lavish dedication ceremony, North Charleston, S.C.-based Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) has opened what is being called one of the world's most advanced wind energy testing facilities.

The facility - supported by South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) and Duke Energy - aims to help test and validate new wind turbines, particularly for offshore wind, as well as speed deployment of next-generation energy technology, reduce costs for manufacturers and boost global competitiveness.

Called the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, the facility will also facilitate research, education and innovation. SCE&G supported the center with a $3.5 million gift.

The Energy Innovation Center can test drivetrains on two test rigs - one up to 7.5 MW and the other up to 15 MW. Weighing more than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet filled with fuel, passengers and luggage, specifications for the facility’s 15 MW test rig are so large many of its components have never before been designed, notes CURI.



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