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It’s shaped like a water drop, clips onto your shower head, listens to the water flowing through the pipe, and tells you exactly how much of it you’ve been using. The ingenious gizmo is called Sprav and it emerged as the winner of the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge.
Congratulations to Rohan Akolkar, Uziel Landau, Mark DeGuire and team. Their proposal for a low-cost, energy-efficient method to extract the strategic metal titanium from ore will be funded by ARPA-E at about $675,000 through the program on Modern Electro/Thermo-chemical Advances in Light-metal Systems. “Our project, if successful, will lower the cost of titanium by up to 60 percent,” said Rohan Akolkar.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University were awarded a second $1 million grant from ARPA-E to create an eco-friendly material for better power-converting magnets in wind turbines and electric cars. The initial $1 million grant was awarded in 2011. The team, lead by Prof David Matthiesen, believes it can make magnetic powder out of cheap and plentiful iron and nitrogen, which can be compacted to form magnets with the desired properties.
Serving as leader on four grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) puts Case Western Reserve University among the top five universities in the country leading ARPA-E projects.
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