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Founded in 2008, the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to catalyzing breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world.  Located in Cleveland, Ohio and housed within the Case School of Engineering, we empower our faculty, students and partners to expand knowledge, deepen understanding, and create innovative and sustainable energy solutions. Click here to learn more about us, or about our research and platforms.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Case Western Reserve University $10.75 million over four years to explore “Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage” (BEES), with the goal of inventing large, long-lasting energy solutions for the power grid.  BEES will be part of the DOE’s new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC).

CWRU Assistnt Professor of Materials Science an Engineering and GLEI Sponsored Faculty Member Alp Sehirlioglu has been awarded the NSF CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF CAREER award supports promising and talented researchers who successfully integrate education along with innovative research in their field. Established in 1994, the CAREER award is one of the most prestigious awards given by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Sehirlioglu has received a five-year, $500,000 grant for his project, “Controlled Processing of Self Assembly in Single Crystal Oxide Films.”

 

A new report, prepared by Synapse Energy Associates in partnership with the Great Lakes Energy Institute and advisors across the state, esimates energy innovation in Ohio could result in up to 20,000 new jobs and up to $25 billion in investment.

Assistant professor of civil engineering, YeongAe Heo was selected as a 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers ExCEEd Fellow. Dr. Heo is also a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellow.

The Great Lakes Energy Institute is proud to announce that Boundary Laboratories, a new startup company at Case Western Reserve University took third place and won $5,000 at the Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize (CUP) Collegiate Competition that was held April 6th at the Carnegie Mellon University as part of CMU Energy Week.  The team also won an additional $2,500 for building the best prototype.  Boundary Labs was formed through the

A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Research Center has recently developed a new method towards increasing the lifetime of photovoltaic solar panels. Through the use of machine learning, the team was able to develop an algorithm that quickly processes thousands of images of solar panels that detail their wear over time and identify the issues that lead to failure.

Mario Garcia-Sanz, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and the inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Endowed Chair in Energy Innovation at CWRU, has been appointed as a program director at the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

His focus at ARPA-E includes advanced control engineering, wind energy systems, renewable and conventional power generation, electrical distribution systems, smart grid technologies, and water treatment plants and networks.

Dr. Vikas Prakash, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CWRU and affiliated faculty of GLEI, was featured in a New Atlas article discussing the future of autonomous electric flying vehicles. Prakash was recently awarded a $1.3 million grant under the Partnership for Research in Energy Storage and Integration for Defense and Space Exploration (PRESIDES) in order to develop batteries capable of powering electric flight vehicles, and has no doubt that flying taxis are just a few years away.