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Clemson center to test wind turbines and the grid

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By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The future of energy is coming online on the South Carolina coast in the form of Clemson University's new $110 million Energy Systems Innovation Center.

As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend Thursday's dedication of the massive 82,000-square-foot facility. The center was built in what once was a warehouse at the old Charleston Naval Base.

It houses the world's largest wind turbine drivetrain testing rig as well as a 15 megawatt electric grid research facility. The latter will be used to test how new innovations such as solar power generation and power storage will interact with electric grids before they are put online.

Construction at the site isn't finished. Work begins next year on a $21 million Graduate Education Center nearby.

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