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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.

In the midwest, the number of smart electricity meters installed has been increasing. These devices are able to track the energy usage of a consumer who can then be smarter with their energy use and even plan ways to save money. Smart meters are designed to read remotely and on a frequent basis making them ideal for providing energy efficiency improvements in the smart grid, however there are concerns of privacy regarding such data.

Roger French, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science at Case Western Reserve and director of the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Research Center, has been awarded $1.47 million to lead a team of seven researchers to evaluate the lifetime and long-term power loss of a new commercial silicon solar cell technology called passivated emitter rear cell (PERC).  This work is one of 48 projects supported by theU.S.

Julie Renner, a member of GLEI's Faculty Sponsorship Program and a Chemical Engineering Professor at Case Western Reserve University, has been the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship. She is one of only three scholars honored with this position. This fellowship provides $50,000 to support innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology to promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of utilizing alternative fuels.

Robert Savinell, George S. Dively Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and longtime GLEI partner, was featured in the Electrochemical Society Podcast. Along with co-editor Dennis Hess, Savinell discussed the future of scholarly publishing including open science, open access and the Free the Science initiative. Savinell and Hess addressed the current mindset concerns of the publication process and the hope for a less restricted environment in the future to allow scientific freedom to advance.

A team of researchers led by Laura Bruckman, research assistant professor in the CWRU Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Abdulkerim Gok, a research associate at Gebze Technical University in Turkey (formerly at Case Western Reserve), used data science to better predict how weather and other conditions affect solar panels. Collaborators in the study include the SDLE Research Centre at CWRU for weather testing and CWRU Professor Jiayang Sun, of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for modeling.

In an article written by John Hanc in the Education Section of the New York Times, CWRU was praised specifically for its flexible minor programs. It highlights the attractive Applied Data Science Minor offered through the CWRU Department of Engineering.

"Case Western’s minor in applied data science, for example, funnels students into this hot field from other disciplines. The students learn skills like data management, distributed computing, informatics and statistical analytics.

Susan Helper, the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, discussed with Energywire the reasoning behind President Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 Paris Accord. While the president cites limits on carbon dioxide emissions as placing US cities at an economic disadvantage, evidence from Ohio tells a different story. 

Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board Member and Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of History Peter Shulman discussed the history of America's effort to become "energy independent," and the evolving political context of the phrase during an interview with Ben Jervey of The Daily Good.

The Great Lake Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University would like to thank Case Institute of Technology Alumni Carl Podwoski '61 and Bob Busch '68 for their faithful support, advice and guidance in serving on GLEI's Advisory Board. Following graduation from Case, both Carl and Bob built celebrated careers in the energy industry, primarily with energy utilities. For the last seven years, they provided vision and direction to the GLEI Executive Director, Faculty Director, researchers and staff.