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One of the world’s most advanced wind energy testing facilities has opened South Carolina as part of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute. The facility is designed to test and validate new turbines, particularly for offshore wind, enabling engineers to simulate 20 years’ worth of wear and tear on drive trains in just a few months. The facility is located at a former Navy warehouse with easy access to the water, enabling domestic and international companies to test larger offshore wind turbines. 

United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman says, “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. The Clemson testing facility represents a critical investment to ensure America leads in this fast-growing global industry – helping to make sure the best, most efficient wind energy technologies are developed and manufactured in the United States.”

During President Obama’s first term, the United States more than doubled generation of electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources.

South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn notes, “This facility is about job creation, sustainable growth and energy independence, while building the infrastructure to power America's economic growth and prosperity for years to come. I applaud Clemson University for their leadership in bringing this cutting edge research to South Carolina and North Charleston. Wind energy represented over 40 percent of new electricity production in the United States in 2012, but there is still tremendous amount of untapped potential for this technology. I look forward to this industry creating jobs while providing clean renewable energy.”

The facility will also feature a grid simulator that mimics real-world conditions and can help private industry and public researchers better study interactions between wind energy technologies and the United States power grid.

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