Engineers with Choate Construction in Mount Pleasant will pour 750 cubic yards of concrete into a channel 25 feet wide, 86 feet long and 10 feet deep at Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility in North Charleston. (Photo/Clemson University Restoration Institute)
Published May 10, 2012
Late today, Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility will reach a milestone when the concrete foundation for the smaller test rig is poured near Hobson Avenue at the former Charleston Navy Base.
Choate Construction will pour 750 cubic yards of concrete into a channel 25 feet wide, 86 feet long and 10 feet deep.
Preparations for the pour began several months ago, and meticulous planning was essential for a project of this magnitude, said Matt Hartig, senior project manager at Choate.
“You only get one shot to get such a massive pour right,” he said. “We have to consider environmental conditions, influence from local traffic and any other outside factors that could cause an inconsistent flow of concrete.”
Groundbreaking on the project occurred in October 2010, with construction beginning the following year. The project involves a complete redevelopment of an 82,000-square-foot warehouse on the former Navy base.
In 2009, Clemson and its partners received a $45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy which was combined with $53 million of matching funds to build and operate the testing facility for next-generation wind turbine drivetrains.
Once complete, the facility at the Clemson University Restoration Institute will have the capacity for full-scale highly accelerated testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines in the 5-megawatt to 15-megawatt range.
It will also have 50 hertz and 60 hertz testing capability, allowing it to accommodate test systems destined globally.
A webcam of the site, and the pour, can be found here.