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Crichton to lead Dominion Energy Innovation Center at Clemson


Meredyth Crichton, formerly of GE Energy, has joined Clemson University as executive director of the Dominion Energy Innovation Center in Charleston. 

The Dominion Energy Innovation Center houses the Duke Energy eGRID electrical grid simulator and the world’s most advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. The two labs are linked and allow researchers to work on some of the technical challenges that need to be overcome to widen the use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. The Dominion Energy Innovation Center is located at the Clemson innovation campus in Charleston.

This is a picture of Meredyth Crichton, the executive director of the Dominion Energy Innovation Center
Meredyth Crichton

“I look forward to advancing Research at the Dominion Energy Innovation Center and working closely with industry to drive market innovation that supports sustainable, low cost energy,” Crichton said.

Before joining Clemson, Crichton had worked with GE in various capacities since 2007 and most recently managed the company’s onshore wind test labs, including one electrical and two mechanical test facilities with a staff of approximately 50 engineers and technicians. The GE testing facilities support new product introduction as well as fleet support and problem resolution. 

“Meredyth is a talented and effective leader with a great track record of success,” said Robert Jones, executive vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.

Among other leadership roles at GE, Crichton also led a global organization of 60 design engineers dedicated to developing world-class gas turbine, steam turbine, and generator accessory systems for new products. The team explored and executed opportunities for new product design for mechanical systems, fluid systems, and gas turbine electrical instrumentation. 

“Meredyth brings a wealth of experience in renewable energy to Clemson and is poised to take research at the Dominion Energy Innovation Center to the next level,” said Tanju Karanfil, Clemson vice president for research. 

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