Clemson said 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. Testing and research at the Innovation Center will focus on areas such as energy storage, solar energy, wind energy, traditional energy sources such as natural gas and diesel systems, smart-grid and micro-grid technologies, fuel cells, aerospace systems, electric vehicle charging systems, and grid security.
The SCE&G center will also house the Duke Energy Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development (eGRID) facility, a 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator that can replicate the electrical grid of any country in the world.
Duke Energy will also contribute $5 million to help fund laboratory infrastructure and educational program development and fund a Smart Grid Technology Endowed Chair. Duke Energy employees also will provide the center with ongoing technical expertise and resources.