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

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.

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

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

Case Western Reserve University will lead a two-year energy storage research project, thanks to a $1.65 million grant from Ohio’s Federal Research Network (FRN).

The goal of the project is to create energy storage resources for use in the defense and aerospace industries. Case said in a news release that the grant is part of a statewide effort “to stimulate economic development and jobs.”

The grant also establishes a collaborative organization between several universities and industry members in the Great Lakes

On January 20th, the Great Lakes Energy Institute hosted a Clean Energy Student Competition to provide experience in business pitches. 

1st Place: CrystalE

2nd Place: Greenlite Technologies

3rd Place: EnPower




$1.4 million ARPA-E grant aims to boost energy efficiency nationally

Case Western Reserve University researchers were awarded a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop software to perform virtual energy audits of light commercial buildings.

In addition to audits, the computer program will enable a building owner to assess energy efficiency and elicit the most cost-effective

In its annual list of the brightest young minds in the country, Forbes selected Felipe Gomez del Campo, a senior majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, for his excellence in energy work. Gomez del Campo was recognized for his work on a fuel injector for jet engines. 

The native of Mexico City started his own company, FGC Plasma Solutions, in 2013 to bring to market a device that shoots a precise amount of plasma into jet engine fuel. What started as a high school science fair project is now a patent-pending technology that could lead to a 10 percent decrease in fuel consumption, resulting in reduced emissions and operating costs. Over the past year, he’s been

Case Western Reserve University engineers are making sensors that can be integrated into existing materials, transforming today’s homes and commercial buildings into energy-saving, tech-savvy “smart buildings.”