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. 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
Commercialization
  • Our energy research is recognized as innovative and disruptive. We’re among the top five nationally leading APRA-E awards, including storage technologies.
  • Our innovative flow-battery technology can make utility-scale storage available and cost effective
  • Our novel catalysts can pave the way for expanded use of fuel-cell technology
  • The university is surrounded by industrial leaders in energy and has a long history
  • of delivering technologies to market
  • A wealth of local manufacturing resources provides a distinctive advantage in prototype development and scale-up
  • Proven Technology Transfer Office managing 200+ invention disclosures,
  • 35+ transactions, multiple patents and four to five start-ups per year
  • We’re integrated into the nationally recognized Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on energy

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:

David SchiraldiDan SchersonRohan AkolkarUziel Landau, Liming Dai

Fuel Cell Conversion:

Arthur HeuerMark DeGuireBob SavinellLiming DaiDan SchersonMohan SankaranDavid SchiraldiC.C. Liu,  Jesse Wainright