As the worldwide demand for energy grows, so does Upstate South Carolina’s contribution in terms of engineering solutions and manufacturing products.  From the research and development of wind and gas turbines to the manufacturing of smart meters and extra high voltage power cables, our region supports a broad cross section of the energy industry.

Upstate Energy Industry

Engineering Energy Solutions

The Upstate is exporting its engineering expertise—one of the highest per capita concentrations of engineers in the country- to develop and deploy energy solutions worldwide. This expertise is also being used to further efficiency projects on a regional level.

Data Center Hot Spot 

The infrastructure needed for data centers is highlighted by existing buildings, as well as new sites in the Upstate. Boasting some of lowest power rates in the nation combined with reliable energy sources makes the region stand out for this industry. New SC data center incentives, a highly skilled workforce, and a streamlined state permitting process are also reasons to locate in the Upstate.

Biomass Opportunities 

South Carolina exports $1.1 billion in forest products each year. The state’s forests contain 23.3 billion cubic feet of wood, more than at any time in the past century. The abundance of wood resources, inland port, and proximity to the port of Charleston, make the Upstate region ideal to ship product to the world.

Manufacturing Energy Products  

The Upstate’s strong manufacturing presence, particularly in advanced materials and metal fabrication, serves as a strong advantage to companies looking to produce energy-related products. The area also benefits from a prime location along the Eastern seaboard with its proximity to a dense electricity transmission infrastructure and access to one of the most productive ports, the Port of Charleston.

The Upstate Designs, Develops and Delivers

The Upstate designs, develops and delivers engineering strength to design solutions for the industry. Firms like Fluor, CH2M Hill, Jacobs and O’Neal. Manufacturers of energy-related products include: GE Power, AVX, Itron, Kemet, Staubli, Timken, Prsymian, Westinghouse. The Upstate excels with the infrastructure to move these products worldwide.

Workforce & Training

Engineering strength is at the core of the energy industry and the Upstate is an applied engineering environment. One of our region's unique strengths is the crossover between the energy, advanced materials and automotive fields.
Upstate Energy & Engineering Workforce Quick Facts:
  1. The Upstate is among the top 5 metros in the world for engineering talent per capita.
  2. Upstate-based GE Energy has over 1,600 engineers on staff and has invested $1 billion in its engineering talent in the region.
  3. South Carolina has 3 times higher the concentration of nuclear engineers than the national average.
  4. Clemson University is a leading engineering program and recently added a nuclear engineering professorship.
  5. There is a supply of welders, machinists and other skilled laborers that support the strong manufacturing industry of the Upstate.

Research & Innovations 

Duke Energy Innovation Center at Anderson

Location: 81 Technology Drive, Anderson, SC
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This LEED Certified, Gold Rated "green" facility fully utilizes environmentally-conscious, best-practice design and manufacturing techniques in keeping with its advanced materials research focus. The Duke Energy Innovation Center houses the South Carolina Research Authority's  (SCRA) advanced materials applied research operations and provides secure rooms for sensitive work and can be configured to suit tenants' needs.
Corporate tenants and entrepreneurial start-up companies, especially those focused on advanced materials, will find tremendous opportunity for their work in the Duke Energy Innovation Center.
Open space within the facility is designed for wet/dry labs or office. Amenities include on-site parking, a common break room, meeting rooms, secure rooms for sensitive work (SCIF), card-reader access and 24/7 security monitoring.
Tenants benefit from proximity to Clemson’s adjacent world-class Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL) and its facilities, which include state-of-the-art electron microscopy with a staff skilled in supporting both corporate clients and academic partners.
Visit the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) for more information.
Clemson University, a top 25 public research university, is a rich source of innovative technologies and research collaborations for industry. The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF), in cooperation with Clemson's Office of Technology Transfer, manages the technology transfer functions of Clemson University, including intellectual property management and licensing.
CURF is a powerful resource for industry and entrepreneurs to connect to the University's research resources, access cutting-edge technology, or to jump-start a new venture.
A diverse portfolio of technologies is available for licensing through the Clemson University
Research Foundation:

Technologies Available for Licensing:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Automotive Technology
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Biotechnology/Agriculture
  • Sustainable Materials
  • IT and Communications
Visit the CURF website to learn more and to access a searchable listing of all technologies available for licensing.
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