December 2, 2013
Energy is opening doors for cities and states to innovate, reap profitability and sustainability. Wind energy is a vital renewable source globally. As wind energy becomes more pervasive in the U.S. the potential is possibly underestimated. The news of a “World-Class Wind Energy Testing Facility Opens in South Carolina” is an value add to the wind industry.
“Officials from two big utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy participated in the Nov. 21 dedication at Clemson University of the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center. DOE calls it the nation’s largest wind energy testing facility. SCE&G is a utility serving residents of South Carolina; it donated $3.5 million for the center. DOE contributed $47 million for the facility, which has two testing bays that can accommodate up to 7.5-megawatt and 15-megawatt wind turbine drivetrains, according to DOE’s news release. Researchers at the facility will test and validate new turbines, particularly for offshore wind energy. Duke Energy contributed $5 million for the center, which includes the Duke Energy eGRID — Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development — center to support work to bring new electrical technologies to the marketplace,” posts Occupational Health & Safety.
The release says the facility is located at a former U.S. Navy warehouse with easy access to rail and water transport, making it possible for U.S. and international companies to test their larger turbines there. Engineers can use the facility to simulate 20 years’ worth of wear and tear on drivetrains in a few months, it says.
As manufacturing transforms hub sites near railheads can be used as energy depots such as, the Wind Energy Testing Facility. The buildings that were once dedicated to the hub and spoke thinking serving automotive can be commissioned and rehabilitated to support energy integration.
“Developing America’s vast renewable energy resources is an important part of the Energy Department’s all-of-the-above strategy to pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future,” said Deputy DOE Secretary Daniel Poneman. ”
The need to support the U.S. infrastructure with a robust energy mix will be satisfied by dynamic energy applications in green, renewable, oil and gas. Organizing energy sites to simulate, test and repair can be a method to smart grid development roll out.