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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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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.

Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo will serve as “living laboratories” that demonstrate the value of integrating distributed energy sources with the assortment of devices, equipment and other power consumers within buildings and across the grid.

The effort begins this month with a one-year award administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The Department of Energy-funded project is an expansion of transactive control demonstration activities ongoing at PNNL. Corporate partners FirstEnergy, Eaton Corp., Siemens and Johnson Controls are participating in this three-site activity. The total project investment from DOE and industry exceeds $1 million.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a plus-up of funds in the amount of $1,172,105, with an additional cost share of $500,000, to Dr. Robert Savinell and Dr. Jesse Wainright for their work on a high energy storage capacity iron flow battery. The total ARPA-E funding for this project is now $3,247,910 with an additional $617,643 in cost share. Fusion Power Systems has also awarded Case Western Reserve University a research contract of $172,000 to serve as cost-share towards the ARPA-E award. Fusion Power Systems is an Australian company delivering uninterruptible power solutions to the IT industry.

Tom Tribone, Chairman of the Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board, has been named a Finalist for the Platts Global Energy Awards in the category of Lifetime Achievement.  The 2016 Finalists, chosen from over 170 nominees from 30 nominating countries, were recently announced by program host S&P Global Platts, the leading global provider of energy and commodities information and spot market benchmarks.  Winners of the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards will be announced at a black-tie celebration on December 8 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Established in 1999 and often described as "the Oscars of the energy industry," the Platts Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance in 18 categories that span the entire energy complex.

Dr. Walter J. Culver, founding board member of Great Lakes Energy Institute, and Dr. Mingguo Hong, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CWRU, recently published an article in The Electricity Journal that explores why coal production in the U.S. has declined dramatically, in line with over 90% of it being used for electricity generation and its decline there.

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