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Nikolaos Rigas, DSc

Nikolaos RigasResearch Professor
Executive Director, Clemson University Restoration Institute
Energy systems, Energy materials, Materials characterization
Email: nrigas@clemson.edu
Phone: 843-730-5072
Office: 1253 Supply Street, North Charleston, SC 29405
Website: http://clemsonenergy.com


Education

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Washington University

Responsibilities

Dr. Nikolaos C. Rigas is the Executive Director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute in Charleston, SC. Prior to his appointment in 2010 he served as Vice President at EcoEnergy LLC and was responsible for the development of wind, solar and biomass energy projects throughout the Upper Midwest. Prior to joining Clemson University, Dr. Rigas served as Manufacturing and Technology Director for FMC Corporation, Lithium Division in Charlotte, NC.

Additional Information

Dr. Rigas was born in Athens, Greece and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

Research Interests

While building the electrical grid is considered by many to be the greatest technological achievement of the 20th century, turning the electric grid into a digital communications, secure and energy efficient network could very well be one of the greatest advancements of the 21st Century. Central to this goal is the development of new technologies that can integrate seamlessly into the existing grid. Clemson University has built world-class facilities at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in cooperation with industry and government partners to develop, test and validate new technologies that will revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity. These include a 15 MW and 7.5 MW wind turbine powertrain test lab, a 20 MVA power-hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator (Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation and Development Center), a real-time multi-body simulation laboratory and other facilities all housed at the South Carolina Electric and Gas Energy Innovation Center.

Areas of focus include energy storage; solar energy; wind energy; traditional energy sources such as natural gas and diesel systems; large inverters; smart grid and micro grid technologies; fuel cells; electric vehicle charging systems; grid security and other technologies. Research and development programs focus on developing solutions to existing challenges faced by the electricity provider and their technology suppliers. The mission of the facilities to accelerate new technologies into the market, promote multi-disciplinary research programs through university/government/industry collaboration and educate the workforce of the future.

Undergraduate summer interns preparing a GE 1.6 MW wind turbine for testing.
Undergraduate summer interns preparing a GE 1.6 MW wind turbine for testing.

Undergraduate interns helping researchers prepare for energy storage projects at eGRID
Undergraduate interns helping researchers prepare for energy storage projects at eGRID

GE 1.6 MW wind turbine under test
GE 1.6 MW wind turbine under test

SCE&G Energy Innovation Center
SCE&G Energy Innovation Center

Students and Professional Engineers at Technical Conference at SCE&G EIC to discuss challenges with integrating new technologies into the electrical grid.
Students and Professional Engineers at Technical Conference at SCE&G EIC to discuss challenges with integrating new technologies into the electrical grid.