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Welcome to the South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies The South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies at Clemson University was founded by the State Legislature in 1982 to help South Carolina and the nation address energy related issues.


SCIES has equipped its Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) as an early proof of concept demonstration facility.  This allows us to quickly and inexpensively confirm the potential of new approaches before investing substantial capital in more sophisticated, larger scale experiments.  The facility utilizes equipment that has been designed, developed, or modified by Clemson engineering students to support specific projects.  Examples include our:

  • 30 diameter wind tunnel capable of testing new wind power concepts
  • 16x16 water channel used for testing new hydropower technologies
  • Fuel cell/battery powered vehicle used to test new electric vehicle concepts
  • Hydrogen fueled internal combustion engine vehicle used to test new hydrogen storage technologies
  • Vehicle dynamometer for controlled vehicle testing
  • Laboratory scale anaerobic digester used to assess new waste-to-energy technologies

For projects requiring specialized facilities, SCIES utilizes the resources of our sister institutes, centers, and academic departments at Clemson.  Examples include:

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Advanced Materials Research Lab (AMRL)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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