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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.

Maurice Adams, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Case School of Engineering, has recently released his latest book, Power Plant Centrifugal Pumps: Problem Analysis and Troubleshooting.

 

Operating difficulties of centrifugal pumps oftentimes occur due to the constant mandatory operation of electric power plants. This book is serves as a guide that provides engineers a detailed overview of centrifugal pump fundamentals and pump operating issues. The explanation is broken down into three sections:

  • Part 1 - Primer on Centrifugal Pumps

  • Part II - Power Plant Centrifugal Pump Applications

  • Part III - Trouble-Shooting Case Studies

Case Western Reserve University student Pavel Galchenko and his partner Yohann Samarasinghe won the $50,000 Cleantech University Prize in Chicago. 

Peter Shulman, Board Member of Great Lakes Energy Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of History, will give a lecture examining the importance of California's Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve and its eventual sale.

The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), established in 2015, has awarded $15.6 million across 18 projects in the areas of aerospace, manufacturing, materials, communications, data analytics and energy storage. Six Centers of Excelence, currently organized and located at universities throughout Ohio are using this funding to win new economy-boosting endeavors. These investments are driven by the needs of national labs located in Ohio to spur the economy by enhancing innovative collaborations between colleges and small-to medium-sized companies.

On January 17th Crain's Cleveland Business highlighted the Northern Ohio Building-to-Grid Integration Demonstration project, led by Case Western Reserve University and the Great Lakes Energy Institute in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo. This project, funding by the Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is designed to demonstrate and validate three new energy scenarios in real-world settings with a focus on constant energy management and the connection of buildings to the grid. Further enabling this $1 million project in the first year are partnerships with industry leaders FirstEnergy, Johnson Controls, Eaton and Siemens who are providing equipment, expertise and financial support to facilitate the demonstration. This project is a unique opportunity for these industry partners to demonstrate the performance of their technologies under rigorous test conditions as well as to learn more about future energy performance requirements in microgrids and other optimally managed building systems. Based on performance, funding can potentially be extended to last additional years. 

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On January 17th Crain's Cleveland Business highlighted the Northern Ohio Building-to-Grid Integration Demonstration led by Case Western Reserve University and the Great Lake Energy Institute in partnership with NADA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo. This project, funded by the Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is designed to test new energy scenarios in real-world settings with a focus on constant energy management and the connection of buildings to the grid.

Measurement shows potential for building better solar cells by imaging fundamental properties of the material

Solar cells made with films mimicking the structure of the mineral perovskite are the focus of worldwide research. But only now have researchers at Case Western Reserve University directly shown the films bear a key property allowing them to efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

Identifying that attribute could lead to more efficient solar panels.

Great Lakes Energy Institute Director Alexis Abramson received top billing in Greentech Media's online news on January 5th, with her open letter to the Energy R&D Community about the opportunities and challenges we can anticipate with the incoming Trump Administration.  Among other items, she notes that Congress's strong support of ARPA-E, along with the possibilities available through investment in smart and resilient energy infrastructure, suggest that there are still opportunities for America to lead in the research and development of clean energy technology. 

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Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are scaling up a prototype iron-flow battery to provide cleaner and cheaper power when renewable energy sources are ebbing or demand is peaking. The battery would also efficiently store excess electricity when use is low.