The U.S. Energy Secretary says South Carolina is leading the nation in developing new and nuclear energy. Chu, with Senator Lindsey Graham as a tourguide, attended a groundbreaking of a biomass plant at the Savannah River Site, toured the GE gas turbine plant in Greenville, and conferred with scientists at Clemson’s ICAR facilities near Greenville.
One the factory floor of the GE gas turbine plant, Chu spoke to an audience of media and plant officials and workers:
Senator Lindsey Graham reiterated the state’s commitment to nuclear energy, as well as efforts to break away from foreign sources of fuel:
The biomass plant at the Savannah River site is slated to become the largest such facility in the country. It will use home-grown woodchips to produce steam for industrial processes and building heating systems, along with the electricity needed to power much SRS. Monday was Secretary Chu’s first visit to the Savannah River Site, the largest government recipient of federal stimulus money.
Clemson University, with the help of port partners in Charleston, was awarded what equals $98 million in funding to develop wind turbine technology for North American distribution. GE will be critical in that venture.
Listen to GE’s Mike Roseberry explain the assembly of this turbine.