Aiken County and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC, the contractor managing the Savannah River Site (SRS), have agreed to add 6,435 square feet of laboratory and support space to the Center for Hydrogen Research in the county’s Savannah River Research Campus.
The new laboratory will be privately funded with $3 million authorized by the board of directors of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The Center for Hydrogen Research, located next to SRS, will be renamed the Applied Research Center “to more accurately reflect the diversity of research and development initiatives” underway in the 60,000-square-foot facility, according to a press release from the Savannah River National Laboratory.
The Center for Hydrogen Research, which opened in 2006, hosts the Savannah River National Laboratory’s Hydrogen Technology Research Laboratory — a 24,400-square-foot lab complex primarily used for unclassified research into new applications for hydrogen technology, USC-Aiken research, and small technology companies. When construction is complete, the Savannah River National Laboratory will lease the space. The Department of Energy has authorized an initial 10-year lease.
The expansion will add six new labs with flexible configurations to support the national laboratory’s research on advanced materials. The research will support areas such as nuclear energy, energy storage materials and systems, solar energy materials, materials for wind and marine energy systems, and carbon dioxide capture.