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Department of Energy selects Battelle Savannah River Alliance for $3.8 billion contract to manage Savannah River National Laboratory with Clemson University


The Battelle Savannah River Alliance (BRSA) Team, which includes Clemson University, was selected by the Department of Energy to manage one of the country’s premier environmental, energy, and national security research facilities—the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

Clemson University will play an important role on the team to nurture cutting-edge innovation, education and workforce development that will be a boon for South Carolina and the entire region.

Employing approximately 1,000 staff, SRNL conducts research and development for diverse federal agencies, providing practical, cost-effective solutions for the nation’s environmental, nuclear security, energy and manufacturing challenges. As the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Environmental Management Laboratory, SRNL provides strategic scientific and technological support for the nation’s $6 billion per year waste clean-up program.

“This is a historic day for Clemson University and our partner universities. We are eager to build upon our relationships at the Savannah River National Laboratory, which will allow us to unlock unique new research and education opportunities for Clemson faculty and students, while serving the state. I’d like to thank Battelle for its leadership and congratulate the entire team on the exciting pursuits to come,” said James P. Clements, Clemson University president.

BSRA is led by and wholly owned by Battelle, one of DOE’s leading laboratory management contractors. The BSRA Team includes five universities from the region—Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, South Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and University of South Carolina—as well as small business partners, Longenecker & Associates and TechSource.

“The University of South Carolina is honored to be a part of this unique collaborative,” said Bob Caslen, president of the University of South Carolina. “Researchers and students on our Columbia and Aiken campuses are excited to engage with Battelle and our partner universities as we seek to make the Savannah River National Laboratory a source of great scientific discovery and industrial innovation for many years to come.”

Said S.C. State University president James E. Clark: “I would like the thank Battelle for this awesome opportunity; making this the first time a HBCU will be a key partner with the Savannah River National Laboratory. This relationship epitomizes our strategic undertaking of “transformation through collaboration, and will transform the lives of individuals, bolster the economies of our communities and this state, as well as enhance the security of our nation.”

The contract includes a five-year base with five one-year options. The estimated value of the contract is $3.8 billion over the course of 10 years if all options are exercised.

“We are honored by DOE’s decision to award the Savannah River National Laboratory management and operations contract to our team,” said Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer. “We have the lab management experience to make a difference and we’re committed to ensuring the success of this important national resource.”

Battelle currently has a management role at seven DOE national labs including Pacific Northwest National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. It also operates the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center for the Department of Homeland Security.


About Battelle
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org, or contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org.

About Clemson University
One of the most productive public research universities in the nation, Clemson University attracts and powerfully unites students and faculty whose greatest desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. A Carnegie R1 research institution ranked among the best national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is dedicated to teaching, research and service. Our main campus, located in Upstate South Carolina, sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Lake Hartwell. We have a presence in every South Carolina county through research facilities, economic development hubs and innovation campuses. Through the research, outreach and entrepreneurial projects led by our faculty and students, Clemson University is driving economic development and improving quality of life in South Carolina and beyond. For more information, go to clemson.edu or visit us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.







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