October 14, 2008

Case Western Reserve University to co-host workshop that will explore technical solutions for present energy issues

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Jason Makansi, author of "Lights Out;" Mark Shanahan, energy adviser to Gov. Ted Strickland; and internationally renowned faculty to be featured speakers/presenters

Case Western Reserve University will host a one and a half day workshop that will explore the technological solutions for reliable electricity storage, the effective integration of renewable energy, and national grid security on Monday and Tuesday, October 20-21, at 8 a.m. (both days), in Nord Hall.

"Materials for Next-Generation Energy Storage: Challenge for Cost-Effective Scientific and Technical Innovation" is being co-sponsored by the university's Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Energy Voyager.

Two important, anticipated outcomes of the workshop will be an "Innovation Road Map" and the beginning of an International Expert Knowledge Community, composed of energy leaders who are working at the frontier of distributed storage, materials science and the smart grid, says J. Iwan D. Alexander, faculty director of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Case School of Engineering.

"The workshop is designed to bring energy thought-leaders from industry, academia and other research centers to meet the challenges and opportunities—current and future—in electricity generation, delivery, storage and use," Alexander said. "We're going to ask each other tough questions that will help us identify and remove barriers to innovation, provoke a clear definition of challenges for innovation in energy storage, and provide a platform that will lead to the definition and implementation of innovative R&D."

Nationally-renowned energy experts highlight the list of panelists and speakers at the conference, including author and leading energy adviser Jason Makansi, president of Pearl Street Inc., a consulting firm serving the electricity industry; Mark Shanahan, energy adviser to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority; Esther Takeuchi, vice president of the Electrochemical Society, National Academy of Engineering; Dan Scherson, the Charles F. Mabery Professor of Research in Chemistry and director of the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences at Case Western Reserve; Tom Zawodzinski, the F. Alex Nason Professor of Engineering, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Fuel Cells and director of the Case Institute for Advanced Power at Case Western Reserve; and more.

The conference agenda can be found online. For more information contact Lyndy Rutkowski, associate director of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation, at (216) 368-6848 or e-mail lyndy@case.edu.

About the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation

Created with a $3.6 million grant from The Cleveland Foundation, the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation is a multidisciplinary center, led by researchers at the Case School of Engineering and utilizing the rich resources and expertise of all the graduate and professional schools at Case Western Reserve University. The Institute builds on three primary areas of activity: research and development, economic development and education. The collaborative base of the Institute is founded on strategic partnerships and alliances with industry, government laboratories and other universities across the state and nation to enable the transition to advanced sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization.

About the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

The Electric Power Research Institute conducts research and development on technology, operations and the environment for the global electric power sector. EPRI, a nonprofit organization, brings together its members, the institute's scientists and engineers, along with experts from academia, industry and other research centers to meet challenges in electricity generation, delivery and use. EPRI supports multi-discipline research in emerging technologies, which drives long-range research and development planning. EPRI's members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. International participation in its programs includes 40 countries.

About Energy Voyager

Energy Voyager is a global network of leading scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, financiers and senior government officials who are committed to finding effective solutions to the world's critical energy challenges. It has developed an integrated system of advanced market intelligence and collaborative innovation tools and capabilities. Together they accelerate the time and reduce the costs of bringing valuable inventions to market. Current projects involve distributed energy storage, biofuels, solar and wind energy, clean coal, green alliances, energy finance and global energy poverty. In collaboration with its Global Knowledge Trust, Energy Voyager assists its clients in securing financing and building successful alliances in all the important emerging green markets.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 14, 2008 09:29 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Conferences/Symposia, Energy, Environment, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, news, sustainability

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