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Clemson dedicating $110 million energy center

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University is dedicating its $110 million Energy Systems Innovation Center on the South Carolina coast.

U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman, Clemson President James Barker and other officials are expected to be among an estimated 1,000 people to attend Thursday in North Charleston.

The 82,000-square-foot facility houses the world's largest wind turbine drivetrain testing rig as well as a 15-megawatt electric grid research facility. The center, financed in part by $45 million in federal stimulus money from the Department of Energy, is located at the old Charleston Naval Base.

It's part of Clemson's Restoration Institute that includes the building with the lab where the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is being preserved. Next year, ground will be broken on a $21 million Graduate Education Center at the complex.

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