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In the news: On June 15th, Professor Dan Scherson testified before the U.S House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at a hearing on Innovation in Solar Fuels, Electricity Storage, and Advanced Materials. Professor Scherson is the Frank Hovorka Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and recently concluded his term as the President of The Electrochemical Society.

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community now have a new place to take a seat and recharge–literally.

This spring, a group of students built a picnic table outfitted with solar panels and a battery pack to serve as an outdoor charging station. They installed the table on the quad just in time for the university’s commencement ceremonies in May.

Powered by two, 90-watt solar panels, the battery contains multiple USB ports and AC plugs. It packs enough power to allow multiple people to charge up simultaneously.

“We wanted to create something visible to campus that would make a real difference in people’s lives,” says Elizabeth Freund, one of the project leaders. She says the team was inspired to build the table after watching classmates try to work outside only to have to retreat indoors to charge their devices.

The Department of Energy has awarded $3.7 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) to continue engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie. This will allow LEEDCo to continue with their offshore wind research program, and is the third grant they have been awarded for this project.

The wind research program is building a 20 megawatt wind farm situated in Lake Erie. This photograph shows the gathering of samples of the lake bed where LEEDCo wants to build the wind farm.

Read the full article here.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $40 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build a six-turbine pilot wind farm in Lake Erie by the end of 2018.

Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, West Virginia University, and the University of Pittsburgh have begun a collaboration to attract government and corporate funding for energy research. By combining their resources, these universities believe they will be more competitive with large research centers for more high- profile projects, bringing more research dollars into the region.

Researchers from the Great Lakes Energy Institute and Case Western Reserve University were on NPR’s The Sound of Ideas last week to talk about solar power.

Listen to their talk here.

Four leading research universities are joining forces to accelerate innovations to address challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector.