Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Test Facility

In 2012, Clemson University (CURI Campus) renovated/expanded an existing building on the former U.S. Naval Base in North Charleston, SC, converting the building into a state-of-the-art Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility (WTDTTF) capable of full-scale, highly accelerated testing of next-generation wind turbine drivetrain technology. The final result was a $98 million, 80,000 sq. ft. – LEED Gold facility, containing over 82,000 square-feet of space. Live Oak Consultants provided electrical engineering and safety expertise to help Clemson University develop the “Facility Environmental Health and Safety Plan.” Specifically, LOC provided:

  • A complete and thorough Electrical Safety Risk Assessment of the entire facility inclusive of the advance testing operations performed within:
    • Determination of High Risk Tasks
    • Determination of Tasks where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be required
  • Arc Flash and Hazards Analysis Study for the entire facility (NFPA 70E)
  • Development of Job Hazard Analyses (JHA) for persons working within the facility
    • Identification of Hazards before they occur
    • Worker/Task/Tool/Environment relationship
    • Reduction of Risk and PPE Assessment/Requirements
  • Development of a comprehensive Electrical Safety Program for the facility
  • Prepared and Conducted Electrical Safety Training for the WTDTTF employees, students, and contractors

Project Highlights

Cost: $98,000,000
Completion Date: 2013
Owner: Clemson University
North Charleston, SC


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