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Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility in South Carolina, has partnered with Clemson University and Coastal Carolina University to assess the wind resource on a Horry County, S.C., barrier island.

The South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies at Clemson University will install three anemometers on Waties Island near Little River, S.C., for the one-year project. All data collected from these instruments will be sent remotely to Clemson computers and made available through the Internet.

According to a statement from Santee Cooper, Clemson will maintain the anemometer facility, conduct wind-data storage and distribution, and develop educational and public outreach programs prior to compiling a final report. In addition, Coastal Carolina will assist in the installation of the project, and Santee Cooper will review a final report and recommendations.

"This project and partnership have exciting possibilities as South Carolina begins to develop its coastal and offshore wind potential as a clean and environmentally friendly alternative energy," says Nicholas Rigas, director of Clemson’s Institute for Energy Studies.

Rigas adds that there is additional research potential for:
- advanced materials for blades and support,
- preventive maintenance modeling,
- advanced low wind-speed blade design,
- manufacturing and construction technologies, and
- hydrogen production and storage.

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