ARC:Hydrogen is a program of the Economic Development Partnership, serving Aiken and Edgefield Counties. The facility opened in October 2005 and was referred to as the Center for Hydrogen Research.
Aiken County built this 60,000 square foot facility to take advantage of local expertise in this field. Half of the space will be utilized by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), while the other half is available for the private sector and academia. Companies are able to interact and contract services with the 50 hydrogen scientists and researchers from the SRNL.
The Savannah River Site has over 60 years of expertise in the handling and storage of hydrogen, a critical component of fuel cells. Hydrogen is the lightest and most common of elements. When properly harnessed, it can provide a safe, clean and unlimited supply of energy for all of the world's basic energy needs.