Amid the excitement about Boeing South Carolina's first Dreamliner delivery expected later this month, another world-class project in North Charleston, Clemson's wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility, quietly continues to take form.
Construction on the former Navy base began last year, but a new development is that Clemson's board of trustees without fanfare has approved the addition of a 15-megawatt grid simulator to the 7.5- and 15-MW wind-turbine test rigs. The simulator will increase the cost of the project by $21 million, according to minutes of the March board meeting.
Crews recently worked through the night to pour the foundation for one of the test rigs. And Thursday, the Clemson University Restoration Institute will make an announcement about its Cooper River campus.
“They are going to be talking about their graduate education center, and there's going to be an announcement of the naming of that center and the development of that campus and what all that will entail,” Claire Gibbons of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance said Friday.
A Clemson spokesman wouldn't reveal the name, but an invitation notes the event will honor The InterTech Group CEO Anita Zucker and her family.