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April 28, 2022 | Tom Ballard

USC Aiken, DOE partner on new Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative facility

The University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) broke ground last week on a $50 million innovation hub near the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

Officially known as the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, the facility The facility will provide accessible, modern, and flexible laboratory space for the DOE Office of Environmental Management’s SRNL and its collaboration partners. It will also enable USS Aiken students to practice manufacturing, industrial practices, chemical manufacturing and advancing new technologies. The 60,000-square foot facility will not only provide new laboratory, office, and conference space suitable for advanced manufacturing research and development, but more importantly, it will house collaborative and research and development spaces for spinning innovative technologies into the DOE and spinning them out into the commercial sector.

The facility’s location was set up through a no-cost land lease agreement between the Department and the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2024.

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