The Center for Advanced Research

From sustainable energy to effective healthcare to security at home, our nation is counting on rapid developments of practical new technologies. Here at South Carolina’s Applied Research Center (ARC), many of America’s most skilled researchers are working daily to advance our knowledge and use of technology.


Established as a hydrogen energy research facility in 2006, ARC’s mission has expanded to encompass the broader needs of government, academia, and the private sector. This 60,000-square-foot facility, combining state-of-the-art laboratories and a conference center, is home to many organizations, including the Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory.


Researchers at ARC are expanding the limits of hydrogen, solar, wind, and microwave energy technology, along with other forms of advanced technology. We recently opened a 600-square-foot lab devoted solely to microwave and RF-related research. Scientists are also exploring the capture and commercial marketing of Helium-3 captured from decaying tritium produced in nuclear reactors.


Simply put, if your organization is on your field’s forefront, we offer an ideal environment to help you stay there.

Equipment Reservations

Hitachi’s next generation Cold Field Emission SEM offers unmatched low‑voltage imaging and comprehensive analytical microanalysis with the uncompromised performance of CFE. Approved users are able to reserve ARC's SEM.

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Scientists are exploring safer, more efficient ways of producing and storing hydrogen.

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The ideas and innovations developed and tested here will make the most of renewable sources of energy.

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Tapping into the tiniest of radio waves offers huge potential for many facets of daily life, from reliable energy sources to the detection and treatment of illnesses.

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With an emphasis on specialty materials, our ceramics research focuses on the uses and applications of Porous Wall Hollow Glass Microspheres.

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