Monday, December 19, 2011

NuHub Launches First Newsletter Highlighting Nuclear News from the Midstate

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Nuclear News from the Midstate


Welcome to NuHub, the Midstate's global connection for nuclear opportunities,
As co-chair for NuHub, it is my pleasure to announce the launch of NuHub and the first of what will be a quarterly journal of the latest advances in research, technology, development, and progress in the nuclear industry of the Midstate of South Carolina.

Columbia and the Midstate region are rich with opportunities for the nuclear industry to flourish, and as you'll see below, there has been no shortage of ink spilled by our local and national media praising the successes of the industry over the past quarter. We are a region well-stocked with leaders in the nuclear industry. The Midstate has researchers pioneering the latest technologies at the University of South Carolina, utilities like SCE&G and Santee Cooper are investing in launching the next wave of nuclear power generation in Jenkensville, private firms are producing the technology necessary to power these initiatives, and our teachers at Midlands Technical College and South Carolina State University are training the next wave of highly skilled employees to keep our plants running safely. We are proud to serve as a voice for them all.

While we have existed for over a year, we are still relatively new to our friends and colleagues in the community and industry. Please accept our introduction and join us as we embark on the next wave of the nuclear renaissance in South Carolina.

Dr. Sonny White
Co-chair, NuHub

Midstate Headlines

This past quarter was an exciting month for nuclear in the midstate. The region consistently made headlines for new investment in nuclear, particularly in October, while politicians jumped on board to support nuclear in the area, including a strong support opinion editorial from U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. Here's our wrap-up on what happened this past quarter below.

12/1 Fluor Corp. purchases NuScale Power - Columbia Regional Business Report
10/16 SRS can lead way to clean energy - Rep. Joe Wilson, Aiken Standard
10/12 SCE&G, Santee Cooper wait for final approval on reactors - Columbia Regional Business Report
10/11 USC center will focus on enhancing nuclear energy - University of South Carolina
10/9 Nuclear power production poised to grow - The State (Originally released by the Darla Moore School of Business)

Energized, sponsored in part by NuHub, was released Dec. 7 and featured a number of critical technical partners and industry players in the Midstate's nuclear eceonomy, including Midlands Technical College and the University of South Carolina. Published by SC Biz, those interested can digital version of the publication available online.


SMR Updates

Questions still remain about whether legislation to supplement funding for Small Modular Reactors will pass this December, but the industry continues to flourish in the Midstate and support remains around the nation for what many believe will be the future of nuclear.

12/14 Small reactors called U.S. nuclear future -
10/9 USC's SmartState center for nuclear to receive gift - Columbia Regional Business Report 
10/6 Westinghouse small reactor as partner for renewables - Pittsburgh Business Times
SMR's should power U.S. energy strategy -

Stay up to date on nuclear in the Midstate anytime

The all new features the latest news and events in the nuclear industry in the Midstate. Get online, review it for yourself, and share your thoughts, stories, and events with us.


Industry Events

Jan 19 - 7:00pm
John Marra, Associate Lab Director of the Savannah River National Laboratory
B201, Swearingen Engineering Center (300 Main Street), USC's College of Engineering

Feb 23-24
Long-Term Operations and Aging Management Conference
Hosted by Nuclear Energy Insider with support from NuHub and SCANA
$200 Discount available to NuHub member organizations upon request.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Feb 24-25
Leadership Energy Carolina
Carolinas' Nuclear Cluster is currently accepting nominations for its 2012 class.
Contact Scott Carlberg with questions or nominees.

Knowledge Economy Events from EngenuitySC

Jan 16, 2012
TedX Columbia
Midlands Technical College - Harbison Campus Theatre

Feb 8, 2012
InnoVenture Forum - Columbia

Feb 28-Mar 2, 2012
SCANPO 15th Anniversary Annual Nonprofit Conference

NuHub is an initiative of EngenuitySC.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Columbia-based Trulite Powers Party for Energy Sec. Chu

From Energy.Gov/USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative - Employees at the Energy Department’s annual holiday party were greeted with many familiar sights – festive decorations, sugar cookies, and a tree in sparkling lights.  In addition to the traditional holiday fare, guests were presented with something new. For the first time ever, the lights used to decorate the holiday tree were powered by a clean, efficient fuel cell.
Fuel cells produce clean electricity from a number of domestic fuels, including renewables, natural gas, and hydrogen, and can provide power for virtually any application—from cars and buses to holiday lights. Fuel cells work like batteries, but they do not run down or need recharging. They produce electricity and heat as long as fuel is supplied.
The portable fuel cell used at this year’s holiday party is made by Trulite.  The fuel cell generates about 150 watts of power—making it ideal for recharging laptops, cell phones, and other everyday appliances.

Continued widespread use of hydrogen and fuel cells could play a substantial role in overcoming our nation’s key energy challenges—including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption as well as improving air quality. Energy Department funding has led to over 300 U.S. hydrogen and fuel cell patents and directly contributed to bringing over 30 commercial technologies to the market place.

Incorporating clean, renewable technologies into time-honored traditions right at the Energy Department’s headquarters is something that resonates with employees. “It’s great to see fuel cells used in a more domestic setting that people can relate to,” said Kristen Abkemeier.  Shannon Shea, another holiday party attendee, added, “It’s one of the ways DOE is walking the walk.”

Friday, December 9, 2011

USC and EngenuitySC Lead $3.6 Million Initiative to Empower Soldiers in Battle with Fuel Cells

Dr. Jochen Lauterbach
Greg Hilton

The University of South Carolina’s newest endowed chair, Dr. Jochen Lauterbach, is changing the way the military powers itself. Dr. Lauterbach’s team is working to identify and test catalysts for fuel cells that, when paired with a reformer system, will enable the military to produce propane from JP-8 and feed it into fuel cells that will power everything from communications equipment to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  

Lauterbach and EngenuitySC teamed up over the year to lead a $3.6 million Department of Defense research project to help unlock the energy in JP-8, an energy-dense fuel with superior performance characteristics over batteries and other alternatives. The military is exploring how reformed JP-8 can be used to power fuel cell technologies in forward combat zones rather than transporting pure propane or other, highly combustible carbon-based fuels.

“The challenge is that these soldiers often times find themselves in areas where traditional supply lines cannot be established. Batteries don’t provide the performance that soldiers need and they can’t get other types of fuels into the field as easily,” said Gregory Hilton, Senior Program Manager for EngenuitySC. He and 3 principal investigators from the University of South Carolina , Dr. Kenneth Reifsneider, Dr. Brian Benicewicz, and Dr. Jochen Lauterbach, were charged with leading the research project.

“The University of South Carolina is quickly gaining a reputation as not only a world class energy-oriented research institute, but a place that provides real solutions for real world problems,” he said of the University and its team. “This is the true value of investing in a research and innovation-oriented economy.”

EngenuitySC sat down with Dr. Lauterbach to discuss the project, its importance to the military, and how their results could change the way the world sees South Carolina:

EngenuitySC: Why is DARPA interested in funding research for fuel cells and JP-8?

Jochen Lauterbach: It can provide much higher flexibility for the widespread deployment of fuel cell systems. I will allow fuel cells to run off widely available fuels and the military could reply on existing supply chains for jet fuel rather than building new supply chains for hydrogen ,methanol, or LPG.

ESC: What made the University of South Carolina team so unique.

JL: Our team is one of the few academic groups that develop and employ high-throughput methodologies for the discovery of novel catalytic materials. This allows us to very quickly respond to new challenges and develop promising leads in a very efficient way.

ESC: What real world problems do you hope to solve with this project?

JL: This project will provide a solution for sulfur tolerant fuel reforming catalysts. The application is not only limited to producing fuel cell feed from jetfuel, but has also potential applications for the production of liquefied petroleum gas from other hydrocarbon fuels, such as diesel and biofuels.

ESC: Why do you believe that it is critical for South Carolina to continue to invest in education and research?

JL: Since the 1980s, the US job market has become polarized between high-skilled, high-wage jobs and low-wage, low-skilled jobs. At the lower end of the labor market, wages have stagnated or declined, and that is certainly something we see here in South Carolina. South Carolina’s competitiveness and our energy future are intimately connected and provide our state with a tremendous opportunity, but we need to act now!

There is a strong need for new sources of energy that do not constrain out foreign policy objectives nor imperil our planet, but to achieve this, we need very significant breakthroughs in energy innovation. This problem poses a huge opportunity for the countries, firms, and workers that can provide a solution, who will produce new industries and jobs, and who could be an important part of strengthening future competitiveness of South Carolina. 

In order to be leaders in innovation, however, we need a well-educated workforce, and the United States is clearly falling behind. While we we continue to discuss what we should do, many places across the would are actively investing in education, energy research, and manufacturing of new technologies.

Content produced and published by EngenuitySC. Please send comments, questions, or inquiries to Frank Avery at or 803.354.5720.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's A Festivus for the Rest of Us!... Bacteria That Is...

Science Cafe

Tuesday, December 13th - Science Cafe celebrates
A Festivus for the Rest of Us... Bacteria

Register today!

Start your holidays the Festivus way and join EngenuitySC and theUniversity of South Carolina Tuesday, December 13 at 6pm as we celebrate the tradition with our microscopic friends, the bacteria. Come learn how they form colonies of Biofilms to interact, communicate, give gifts, perform "feats of strength," and "air grievances." Bacteria that bicker over holiday dinner like us? It's too good to be true.

Welcome, new comers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances: I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're gonna hear about it! 
-Frank Costanza, Seinfeld
Not sure how to celebrate Festivus? In traditional Frank Costanzastyle, here's how we at EngenuitySC do it: 
  1. Celebrate the "Airing of Grievances" with us by taking our survey today! Tell us everything we did wrong and right over the past few months and how we can make Science Cafe better for you. 
  2. Register now for the Dec 13th Science Cafe Columbia! 
  3. Bring in your donation for Toys for Tots to Science Cafe on the 13th and create a "Festivus miracle" for those in need.


Biofilms, are just like you and your family. Bacteria move, build a home, and settle down somewhere. Soon after, their sister moves in down the street. Then their father retires across town. And then their uncle joins the community's Rotary Club. Suddenly, that original bacteria is hosting the entire family for the holidays and the "airing of grievances" begins... or they share fond memories and pleasantries over a large meal. Perhaps Dr. Decho can clear that one up. 

Date: Tuesday, December 13th 2011
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: Capital City Club atop 1201 Main St - 25th Floor
Cash bar and appetizers available.

Registration is encouraged, though not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Have questions about what Science Cafe is? Not sure it's for you? Visit to learn a little more about the program, and see why it continues to be one of the community's best programs for promoting the sciences.

Friday, December 2, 2011

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Asking For Help [VIDEO]


Marissa Evans, founder and creator of the app Go Try It On, discusses the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Evans launched her app at South By Southwest and was able to land $3 million in funding. Listen as she shares advice on asking for help:

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