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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $40 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build a six-turbine pilot wind farm in Lake Erie by the end of 2018.                     

                        U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur with LEEDCo
 U.S. Rep.Marcy Kaptur said the Cleveland-based project to build a pilot wind farm eight to 10 miles offshore in Lake Erie could be the beginning of a wind corridor running from Buffalo to Erie to

In the news: On June 15th, Professor Dan Scherson testified before the U.S House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at a hearing on Innovation in Solar Fuels, Electricity Storage, and Advanced Materials. Professor Scherson is the Frank Hovorka Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and recently concluded his term as the President of The Electrochemical Society.

In his testimony, Professor Scherson laid out some of the fundamental problems that remain to be resolved if we are to achieve true energy sustainability.  Solutions, he noted, “demand a fundamental understanding of the basic processes underlying energy conversion and energy storage at a microscopic level

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community now have a new place to take a seat and recharge–literally.

This spring, a group of students built a picnic table outfitted with solar panels and a battery pack to serve as an outdoor charging station. They installed the table on the quad just in time for the university’s commencement ceremonies in May.

Powered by two, 90-watt solar panels, the battery contains multiple USB ports and AC plugs. It packs enough power to allow multiple people to charge up simultaneously.

“We wanted to

The Department of Energy has awarded $3.7 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) to continue engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie. This will allow LEEDCo to continue with their offshore wind research program, and is the third grant they have been awarded for this project.

The wind research program is building a 20 megawatt wind farm situated in Lake Erie. This photograph shows the gathering of samples of the lake bed where LEEDCo wants to build the wind farm.

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Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, West Virginia University, and the University of Pittsburgh have begun a collaboration to attract government and corporate funding for energy research. By combining their resources, these universities believe they will be more competitive with large research centers for more high- profile projects, bringing more research dollars into the region.

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Researchers from the Great Lakes Energy Institute and Case Western Reserve University were on NPR’s The Sound of Ideas last week to talk about solar power.

Listen to their talk here.

The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University is piloting an innovative approach to learning called ThinkEnergy. The goal of ThinkEnergy is to prepare our future energy leaders to navigate this dynamic energy landscape and manage its impact. ThinkEnergy connects students with faculty, government, companies, financiers and local, national and international communities around energy topics providing tangible opportunities for students to apply classroom fundamentals to the real world. ThinkEnergy is a voluntary program for both undergraduate and graduate students, however, stipends, travel expense and course credit are available. ThinkEnergy is a one year commitment commencing Fall 2016. This program is open to all majors.

Fall 2016: Participation in an Energy Learning Community

Four leading research universities are joining forces to accelerate innovations to address challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector.

Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are forming the Tri-State University Energy Alliance. The universities have agreed to work more closely to align their individual and collective expertise for research, technology commercialization, partnerships with industry and more.

"We're committed to working together to enhance the region's resources towards energy innovation," said Alexis Abramson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve. "In so

Case Western Reserve University has launched a new institute dedicated to advancing research on the Internet of Things. The Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS), will lead specific initiatives in data science, cyber security, networks, embedded systems and more. This new institute will help the university leverage its strengths in sensors and electronics, networks and communications, systems and control, data science and analytics - tapping into the Internet of Things (IoT). CWRU alumnus and former Microsoft COO Bob Herbold's $1.5 million pledge for graduate student scholarships is a key element within the new institute.

The seeds of ISSACS began to take root in 2013, when President Barbara Snyder became chair of the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a national organization of more than 50 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and academic

Led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Case Western Reserve researchers will investigate grid integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, energy storage, load management and solar forecasting. The project is part of the Energy Department’s Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV, or SHINES, program.

With a total budget of $6.3 million, the research project aims to support the transformation of electric power system design and operation to seamlessly integrate solar PV and energy storage. Energy storage, solar PV and affordable, reliable grid modernization technologies are expected to play an increasingly important role in reaching the nation’s climate and clean energy goals.

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