Wind Turbine Testing Facility

The Clemson Restoration Institute, along with the Department of Energy, is constructing a state-of-the-art wind turbine testing facility in Charleston.  As the wind industry continues to develop and expand, the market is calling for larger wind turbines that need more extensive testing.  This facility intends to the meet industry needs in the southeast by providing a comprehensive testing site for new designs.

Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility

The facility focuses on opportunities in development and growth and complements the US wind market's current goals to see 20% growth in the industry.

A Clemson newsroom article citing John Kelly, executive director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute and vice president of public service and agriculture, explains how the facility will serve as an industrial hub for the evolving wind industry. For the full article click here.

The Restoration Institute published a must-see document outlining the different types of large and commercial wind turbines as well as the intricacies of the drive-trains themselves. To check out this document see here.

The facility's primary mission is to provide high quality testing services to the wind turbine industry for up to 15 MW turbines, drivetrains or gear boxes. In addition plans are being made to utilize its port location to establish long term partnerships with the industry toward work force development, research and education.

Key Issues:

  • Increase Reliability
  • Improve Efficiency
  • Reduce Capital Cost
  • Reduce O&M Cost
  • Improve Grid Compatibility
  • Match Generation with Demand

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Drivetrain Systems
  • Gear Box Design
  • Advanced Materials
  • Predictive Failure Modeling
  • Accelerate Testing
  • Sensors


The facility serves economic development and helps promote Clemson University as an integral member to the southeast. Its overall success expands our expertise in energy, engineering and sustainability.

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