CLEMSON WIND TURBINE DRIVETRAIN TEST FACILITY
CLEMSON SCE&G Energy Innovation Center is a world-class leading research facility conceived to conduct tests on the next generation off-shore wind turbines. The facility is capable of full-scale, highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines.
IDOM was responsible for the Architecture design, complete Engineering, and Owner’s Engineering during all phases of the project. It is equipped with two dynamometric test benches with capacity for testing wind turbines up to 15 MW.
Within the framework of the energy development programs promoted by the U.S. government, the Department of Energy of the United States of America has awarded Clemson University the construction and subsequent operation of what will be the world’s most advanced wind turbine drivetrain test facility.
The university entrusted IDOM with the development of all the architectural and engineering activities necessary to upgrade the existing building; the design of the special concrete foundations, the task of integrating the different existing subsystems in the test facility, and support to the owners (engineering) services during the construction of this unique component.
The facility consists of two test bays for testing performance, endurance and highly accelerated lifetime of wind turbine drivetrains rated at 7.5 MW and 15 MW respectively. The facility is strategically located in the harbor of Charleston (South Carolina), to provide service to large companies embarking on the design of the next generation of high power and offshore wind turbines.
The facility was inaugurated in November 2013, with the ceremony attended by a large representation from academia, industry and various institutions.
Since its opening, the CLEMSON University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center has been distinguished with numerous awards. Special mention must be made of the Best of the Best Project 2014 award given by the ENR Magazine in the category of Industry / Energy and of the LEED Gold Certificate awarded by the U.S. Green Building.