Storage and Conversion

Electrical energy is the bedrock of future energy needs. Two long-standing challenges keep supply from keeping pace with demand:

  • Storing electricity is one of science’s most difficult challenges
  • Conversion of other energy forms into electricity faces technical and economic hurdles

CWRU’s legacy of advancement in storage and conversion dates back to the 1930s. At its core lie expertise in electrochemistry and engineering, as well as materials and macromolecular science. Highlights include:

  • Building one of the world’s first modern fuel cells in the 1950s
  • Being among the first to research non-precious metal catalysts
  • The first to integrate a micro-fuel cell with a fuel storage system
  • Inventing the first high temperature proton conducting polymer membrane and initiating global research in the field

CWRU’s work in this area appears in these categories: