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Clemson's Wind Turbine Testing Facility is open for business

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A lot of familiar faces on stage Thursday afternoon at a ceremony telling the world a facility, unlike any other, is open for business. -

Those there on Tuesday were given a tour and discovered over the past few years there has been a lot going at the Clemson's Research Facility.

Clemson received the money for the facility through a federal grant offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, now those all over the world will bring their wind turbines to North Charleston to be tested.

The large concrete and steel ring is the marque structure that will house a giant gear-box; the largest ever made, and will be used to test the largest turbines.

 The ring has its own foundation and all together weighs 7.2 million lbs.

Impressive to a lot of people, especially those who attend a wide array of such events—those like the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, who said it was a wow moment Tuesday in North Charleston.

"It takes your breath away, physically it's very impressive but I got to tell you as impressive at the facility is, the people are more impressive."

Deputy Secretary Poneman also talked about the word he will back to Washington that the future is now at the old Navy Base in North Charleston.

"What I'm going to report back is that it's working. This is not theoretical this is not some kind of story where some day in the future we're going to do this we're going to be that. It's happening now and it's happening here in South Carolina."

While the ribbon cutting was today in North Charleston the facility will not be fully operational until the middle of 2014.

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