Our state-of-the-art facility and "program" of services supports commercialization of new clean-energy technologies. The Southern Virginia Product Advancement Center (SVPAC) manages and operates the Commercialization Center, the Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence, and the Center for Coatings Application Research and Education.
We partner and network with corporations, entrepreneurs, universities, national labs, governmental entities, and funding agencies to provide commercialization support to burgeoning technologies and companies in the sustainable energy sector.
One of six Centers across Southwest and Southside Virginia created by the vision of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, SVPAC is a direct result of the support and vision of the Tobacco Commission, the Halifax Industrial Development Authority, and the County of Halifax.
As an example of the unique projects that we collaborate on, in July 2012 the "Breathe House" prototype of disaster relief housing was erected in Haiti.
The University of Virginia, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center's Innovation Center, SIPS of America, AWFI, Huber and the Riverstone Energy Center collaborated on this project to develop an engineered solution specifically for temporary housing.
The team's responsibility was to design, develop and construct a prototype housing unit that could be easily deployed and erected on site in a short period of time to alleviate affected disaster areas providing safe and affordable housing.