Energy Storage

Building upon 80 years as a top electrochemistry university, Case Western Reserve University and its faculty are applying their expertise to energy storage. The Journal of the Electrochemical Society identified Case Western Reserve as one of its top organizations, with several faculty ranking among its most cited experts. In 2016, Ohio’s Federal Research Network (OFRN) awarded CWRU $1.65 million to lead research in energy storage for defense and aerospace technological needs, establishing the university as a campus-based Center of Excellence. Today, 18 faculty members spanning 11 departments, including six Electrochemical Society fellows, are researching batteries, capacitors, electrochemical devices, electrodeposition, fuel cells, materials, and sensors—all in pursuit of cost-efficient, high-capacity, geographically independent solutions to energy storage.

 
Why Storage
Wind and solar energy can’t be produced on demand. Storage helps balance intermittent energy generation.
  • Energy demand, likely to double by 2030, is stressing the current grid. Storage provides a buffer to help stabilize
  • the grid while efforts to modernize it continue.
  • Microgrids are being developed to support growing demand for electricity. Storage will make microgrids more robust and cost effective.
  • Currently, only 2.5 percent of electric power delivered in the United States passes through energy storage. The market potential is large and expected to grow exponentially.
Strengths In Storage
We effectively combine fundamental electrochemical engineering expertise with advanced materials research in an environment that includes the world-renowned Yeager Center for Electrochemical
Sciences.
  • Fundamental research on lithium electrolytes and lithium deposition processes related to safety
  • Innovative research on all iron and non-aqueous flow battery concepts
  • New approaches to advanced capacitors
  • Fundamental research on non-precious metal electrocatalysts for fuel cells
  • State-of-the-art test beds and fabrication facilities for capacitors and batteries
  • Next-generation reliability applied to storage through lifetime and degradation science
  • Microgrid with fully owned distribution system, wind turbines, solar farms and upcoming integration of storage devices and fuel cells
  • Millions in funding awarded by the DOD, DOE, NSF, industry and the State of Ohio

Energy Storage Research is being led by:

Batteries and Capacitors:

Bob SavinellJesse WainrightDan SchersonJohn ProtasiewiczLei ZhuEric BaerJohn Miller, Ken LoparoRohan Akolkar, Gerhard Welsch

Storage Materials and Fundamentals:

Rohan AkolkarLiming DaiDavid SchiraldiDan SchersonUziel Landau

Fuel Cell Conversion:

Jesse WainrightMark DeGuireBob SavinellLiming DaiDan SchersonMohan SankaranDavid SchiraldiC.C. Liu