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Top three things you need to know this week: Oct. 30 edition

Product packaging research at Clemson
Clemson professor Gregory Batt and alumnus James Gilbert have been given a $500,000 to study triboelectric generators which power smart packaging devices.
Batt and Gilbert’s research will provide technology for smart packaging to monitor products while they are transported. As the demand for monitoring devices during product transportation increases so will a way to power them.
Researchers have spent decades looking for a way to replace the battery power used now, with a way to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, professor Batt and Gilbert will be doing just that.
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Fourth annual Clemson Fit Run
The fourth annual Clemson Fit Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, starting at 9 a.m. in the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
The event, which consists of a 5 kilometer walk or run is intended to promote healthy competition while raising money for a student group. It is open to anyone who wishes to race.
Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31 but in person registration is available at the event itself or various times at Riggs 100A. Parking is available in the lot next to the Campbell Geology Museum.
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Clemson tests most powerful wind turbine
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Clemson University announced that they will be testing the world’s most powerful wind turbine at Clemson’s 15 MW test branch.
The V164-9.5 MW will be one of the first to be used in major offshore U.S. wind projects. The testing it undergoes will be a testament to its ability to last for over a 20 year life cycle.
The deal that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Clemson University have made, make the United States into a major leader in offshore wind projects, as it possesses the world’s most powerful turbine.
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