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.

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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.

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On July 27th, the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University hosted business leaders from across the energy industry for our first “Energy Industry Day” at the Tinkham Veale University Center. Twenty-three faculty members presented their current research on energy-related topics ranging from Novel Plasma Assisted Fuel Injectors to Data Analytics for Virtual Energy Audits and Value Capture of Buildings, offering a sample of the variety of energy research underway at CWRU. In total, over 40 companies were represented either in person or via a live stream webcast; among those present were industry giants such as Current by General Electric, Johnson Controls Inc., Siemens, and FirstEnergy, as well as NASA, Air Force Research Labs, investors and educational organizations.

The Great Lakes Energy Institute is pleased to congratulate Dr. Jesse Wainright on his promotion to Research Professor of Chemical Engineering.  

Dr. Jesse Wainright is a triple alumnus of Case Western Reserve University. After working for Standard Oil and BP, Dr. Wainright returned to CWRU as a research associate and was later promoted to Research Associate Professor. Dr. Wainright has garnered a worldwide reputation for excellence in energy research, in particular in the field of fuel cells. His promotion in July of this year is acknowledgement of his accomplishments in advancing the state of the art in energy and energy storage.

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.

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