By: Emilie Reinhard
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides accepted a check for $1.5 million Monday. The money will be used to create a center of economic excellence for the hydrogen economy at USC.
The gift comes from Fluor Corporation and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The companies are partnering with the university to advance the science, technology, and commercialization of clean, renewable energy.
President Pastides says the funds will also allow the university to recruit two world class scientists to fill a Discovery Chair and an Innovation Chair.
"Both of these chairs will work together and will add an important dimension to Carolina's commitment and its already excellent performance and efforts related to sustainability," Pastides said.
The Flour Corporation's David Seaton said the company's goal was to ensure students and workers in South Carolina have the necessary skills to enhance the country's search for energy independence.
Seaton says Fluor doesn't just give money, it invests money and expects to get something out of the investment.