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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.

On October 11, 2018, Siemens and Case Western Reserve announced the launch of a new Siemens Digital Grid Lab, operated by Dr. Marija Prica, as part of the new academic partnership to give students the tools to understand, navigate, and operate the nation's energy grid.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Burcu Gurkan, was awarded a $600,000 grant from NASA to improve current CO2 capture and storage systems towards future long-distance space flights. This research will accelerate the development of efficient capturing of CO2, which can then be converted to other resources, such as oxygen.

The Great Lakes Energy Institute is pleased to congratulate Dr. Rohan Akolkar on his promotion to Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Akolkar is the Faculty Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

 

Dr. Rohan Akolkar received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Chemical Engineering. After working for Intel Corporation, Dr. Akolkar returned to CWRU as an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Electronics Design Center. Dr. Akolkar’s research in electrodeposition and electrochemistry reaches a broad range of applications, including batteries, semiconductor devices, electrometallurgy, and corrosion protection. Dr. Akolkar’s research contributions have been recognized with the F. Alex Nason Professorship and he is an Ohio Eminent Scholar in Advanced Energy Research.

 

Chris Yingchun Yuan, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Case Western Reserve University and Johnson Controls Inc. are working together to bring dramatically less expensive energy audits to small- to medium-size businesses in North America within the next year.

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.