DOE-Funded Drivetrain Testing Facility Contributes to Job Creation in South Carolina

Nov. 28, 2018

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded wind drivetrain testing facility at Clemson University announced a partnership with MHI Vestas to test the drivetrain over a period of several years, marking the achievement of DOE’s goal to establish a testing facility for both land-based and offshore wind development in the United States. The testing facility is mentioned in a new report from the nonpartisan American Jobs Project, Coastal Carolina University, and independent consultancy BVG Associates. The South Carolina Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Offshore Wind concludes that offshore wind manufacturing and innovation in South Carolina present a significant economic opportunity and cities leveraging the DOE-funded drivetrain testing facility is a way, amongst many others, in which South Carolina can take advantage of its numerous strengths and realize economic growth from the offshore wind industry.