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Duke Energy and Clemson University have committed to work together to develop new models for generating and distributing electricity.

According to Duke, at the core of the partnership are workforce development initiatives and academic programs that will help develop technology to better manage global electric grid systems. Duke notes the company and Clemson will focus on education and research to create new ways to efficiently and sustainably distribute energy.

Duke says it is contributing $5 million to help fund laboratory infrastructure, educational program development and a Smart Grid Technology Endowed Chair. According to the company, its employees will provide the center with ongoing technical expertise and resources.

Duke adds that Clemson University will own and operate the center at the Restoration Institute in North Charleston, S.C., where engineers are constructing a wind turbine drivetrain testing facility. The company says the partnership will expand the testing and research capabilities of this facility.

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