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ESRI-SC Initiatives

South Carolina Atlantic Coast Center for Energy Sustainability (SC-ACCES)

SC-ACCES is a collaborative initiative to build expertise (new faculty and degree programs) and infrastructure (labs and equipment) needed in different energy research areas and will be an umbrella organization for integrated, coordinated, and synchronized energy research activities state-wide leading to workforce development, education and outreach, and economic benefits through new and sustainable revenue and jobs for our state.

SC-ACCES is proposes to lead research efforts in transforming how we generate, distribute, store, and use energy in an ever changing energy landscape, with focus on three main thrusts (1) “green” energy, (2) hydrocarbon frontiers, and (3) environmental energy science and engineering including long-term solutions for managing deleterious energy byproducts, such as carbon dioxide or radioactive waste.

USC is uniquely placed to be the epicenter of such a large, state-wide program given the strength and diversity of its research and education in all aspects of scientific and technical methods of energy generation and exploitation, the knowledge and expertise to pre-empt and research aspects of environmental and public health impact, and the skills needed to assess the short, medium, and long-term economic impacts of new energy strategies.

The following institutions have committed to team up with USC in this initiative:

-          Primary research institutions: Clemson University

-          Primary undergraduate institutions: Coastal Carolina University, Furman University

-          Historical Black Colleges and Universities: South Carolina State University, Claflin University, Benedict College

-          Technical colleges: Midlands Technical College, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

-          National laboratories:Savannah River National Laboratory

A report was provided in January 2015 to the Governor’s Office, the SC Energy Office, the Department of Commerce and several committees of the SC Senate and House of Representatives to raise the due interest in fostering the proposed activities and initiatives such that South Carolina’s intellectual talent be focused toward enabling our state to be a leader in energy science and engineering and energy job creation for the 21st century.