Jason Pickering

Jason C. Pickering is a 4th year junior pursuing his BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business Management at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering during his freshman year after he began working under Prof Robert Savinell and Prof Jesse Wainright in the Electrochemical Engineering and Energy Laboratory (EEEL) at CWRU.

While working in the laboratory on a grid-level energy storage battery, Jason became passionate about clean energy solutions. He assisted in developing an efficient all-iron flow battery with an initial 1 year grant from ARPA-E. As a result of his work with the lab team, EEEL received a larger, 2-year grant to continue developing this battery.

To broaden his horizons, he obtained a 7 month co-op with the Lincoln Electric Company at their headquarters in Cleveland, OH working during the Summer and Fall of 2014. As a Consumables R&D Intern and a Manufacturing Processes Intern, Jason learned about research in industry and how a successful manufacturing company operates. As a result of this co-op, he obtained a Technical Sales Internship with Lincoln Electric during the summer of 2015 in Chicago, IL. This experience helped him to realize that he would like to pursue an engineering degree with a focus in business and management.

Jason is interested in learning more about the business and policy side of clean energy. He would like to focus his career path on the commercialization of sustainable and renewable energy solutions.

Jason is deeply involved with Sport Clubs on campus as he has held numerous positions on the CWRU Ice Hockey team including Vice President and Public and Alumni Relations Officer. He is currently working on developing a sustainable and stronger alumni network in the club. He was also the first committee chair of the Sport Club Marketing Committee.

Jason was born in the small town of Grafton, OH where he grew up on a vegetable farm. He enjoys watching all professional and college sports and plays hockey and golf. He also enjoys sailing, art, skateboarding, snowboarding, working on his truck, and reading.

“What I am Up to Now…”
Jason C. Pickering is currently an Energy Consultant with H.P. Technologies, Inc. After completing his fellowship in the inaugural year of the ThinkEnergy program, Jason went on to pursue a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at CWRU in the Electrochemical Engineering and Energy Lab (EEEL). His research focused on a novel grid-level energy storage concept called the Acid-Base Energy StorageSystem. With funding from De Nora Tech, Jason showed that an acid-base flow battery system could store electrical energy using current membrane technologies without rapidly losing all chemical potential due to crossover, and subsequent neutralization, of active species through the membrane in the electrochemical cell of the flow battery. Jason successfully defended his thesis in June 2018 titled "Understanding Coulombic Efficiency Limitations in an Acid-Base Energy Storage System: Mass
Transport Through Nation."
Following his defense, Jason began working as an Energy Consultant at H.P. Technologies, Inc. Jason's work focuses primarily on brokering electricity and natural gas supply agreements for commercial and industrial customers throughout Ohio. His experiences as a fellow contributed to his staying within the energy industry following college and he is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about the energy industry outside of emerging technologies. Working as an Energy Consultant, he is constantly needing to stay up-to-date on new policies, regulations, and market forces that are driving energy commodity prices in one direction or another.