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Duke, Siemens giving $8.8M to EPIC

Duke Energy Corp. and Siemens Energy today said they are giving $8.8 million to the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Duke and Siemens, both based in Charlotte, will provide about $4.5 million and $4.3 million, respectively, over several years to the center.

The companies said the money will go toward engineering scholarships, research in smart grid and precision manufacturing, providing access to large-scale manufacturing equipment and recruiting of power engineering faculty.

The $76 million center is under construction, with completion scheduled for January 2012.

A press release from UNCC says EPIC will train engineers and perform research, helping Charlotte’s energy capital efforts.

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