Lawmakers and university officials gather at the old Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston on Thursday to launch the project.
Last year, the federal Energy Department gave Clemson $45 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state and private donors provided another $53 million.
The center to test drive trains for wind turbines will be part of Clemson's Restoration Institute campus at the old base. A drive train takes energy generated by a turbine's blades and drives electrical generators.