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On January 17th Crain's Cleveland Business highlighted the Northern Ohio Building-to-Grid Integration Demonstration led by Case Western Reserve University and the Great Lake Energy Institute in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo. This project, funded by the Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is designed to test new energy scenarios in real-world settings with a focus on constant energy management and the connection of buildings to the grid.

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. 

For the full article, please click here.

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.

Read the News Release from Science Daily

PNNL Scientist Dr. Suresh BaskaranGLEI Advisory Board member Dr. Suresh Baskaran, the chief science and technology officer for energy and environmental research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was recently selected to become a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He joins other scientists and engineers from across Washington state being recognized for outstanding scientific achievement and leadership. Academy members provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and work to increase the role and visibility of science in the state.

The academy was created in 2005 and consists of members from diverse academic disciplines and industries, including aerospace, agriculture, computer, science, energy, engineering, ecology and transportation.

Twenty-four new members were inducted this year, bringing the total number of active members to 264. The incoming members were recently honored at the academy's annual meeting in Seattle in September.

GLEI is pleased to congratulate Dr. Jennifer L.W. Carter on winning the Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers from ASM. Dr. Carter is assistant professor of materials science and engineering, a faculty member of the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center, and is the Principal Investigator on the NETL Rapid Alloys Project.

The award, established in 1952 in memory of an outstanding metallurgy teacher, engineering dean and former ASM president, recognizes young teachers of materials science, materials engineering, and design and processing. Recipients have distinguished themselves through dedicated and effective instruction and mentoring of students at various stages of education in addition to impacting undergraduate education.

Carter will accept the award at the Materials Science & Technology 2016 meeting in Salt Lake City in October.

 For more information on Dr. Carter’s research, please click here.

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