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.

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.

Beyond Silicon Valley, a massive online course developed by Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board Member, Michael Goldberg, has been honored in the inaugural Entrepreneurship  Spotlight Challenge from AACSB International. More information can be found at thedaily.case.edu.

Federal energy research funding has a profound impact on Ohio, in part due to the important research institutions located here at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the NASA Glenn Research Center. Speaking with Midwest Energy News, Alexis Abramson, Director of GLEI, highlighted the impact federal research funding has on technology development and the economy in Ohio. "Such funding is driving clean energy development, leading to commercialization of technologies and creating jobs," she said. 

Alexis Abramson, Director of GLEI, participated on a Youth Forum Council panel at the City Club of Cleveland to discuss energy innovation in Northeast Ohio. Speaking to a room of students from around the region, the panelists discussed the future of energy in Ohio and how local youth can take action to improve our energy future. Dr.

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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