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About the 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

  • Engineering strength to design solutions for the industry
    • Firms like Fluor, CH2M Hill, Jacobs and O’Neal
    • Engineering campus for GE Power & Water
  • Research expertise to develop advanced materials and to test drive trains

Advanced Materials Research Center (AMRC) and Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI)

  • Manufacturing capabilities to produce energy-related products
    • GE Power & Water, AVX, Itron, Kemet, Staubli, Timken, Prsymian, Westinghouse
  • Infrastructure to move these products worldwide
    • Most productive port (Charleston, SC) and new inland port