Friday, June 02, 2006

US Navy spends billions on technology related to Restoration Institute research

Recently I discussed how The State newspaper had completely missed the point about Clemson's Restoration Institute in North Charleston. I noted that:
The vision of the Institute is to build on the global reputation of Charleston “to create a leading knowledge-based, export-oriented industry cluster” that becomes the world’s “premiere home of restoration knowledge and expertise.” Advances will be made in disciplines from preservation and healthy communities to advanced materials and urban ecology.
As a part of restoring the Hunley, Clemson is doing leading edge advanced materials research into the removal of salts out of metal. This week, a Swamp Fox reader writes to help validate the potential of the Restoration Institute as an economic development asset.
The US Navy spends billions annually in taking or keeping chlorides out of metals, and therefore is very interested in the success of the Clemson scientists for future applications over the next few years.
So I reiterate my point:
This is exactly the type of exciting, aspirational vision that will leverage our historical assets into knowledge-based economic development that grows high wage jobs in South Carolina.

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