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Pioneering Lifetime and Degradation Science and Technology Development

The Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a world-class research center dedicated to lifetime and degradation science. Established in 2011 by Professor Roger French, the SDLE Center focuses on the durability and degradation of solar photovoltaic (PV) materials, and other environmentally exposed, long lived technologies.


SDLE on WCPN Ideastream - The Sound of Ideas

Researchers from the SDLE Research Center and CWRU were on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas last month to talk about solar power.
Listen to their talk 

SDLE Research Professor is lead author on a recent JVSTA paper

According to Timothy Peshek, formerly with NREL (now at CWRU) and lead author of the JVSTA paper, the researchers started out in 2009 trying to show that adding ZrO

SDLE Featured by Solar Power World

The SDLE Center at Case Western Reserve University was recently featured in a news story published by Solar Power World.  Watch the video here.

3M Company engages SDLE for 3 Year Research Project

The Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center is excited to announce the beginning of a 3 year sponsored research project funded by 3M Company.  The $480,000 project will focus on polymeric materials in products used outdoors and looking for ways to improve their durability by better understanding how and why they break down. 

SDLE's Tim Peshek is one of 10 in the world to receive funding through Google’s Little Box Challenge

Timothy Peshek, research assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering who is part of the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center, is one of just 10 researchers from around the world to receive funding through Google’s Little Box Challenge Academic Awards.

CertainTeed’s Siding Products Group Initiates a 2nd Research Contract

The SDLE Center is excited to announce the beginning of a 2nd sponsored research project being funded by CertainTeed's Siding Products Group, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain.  The one-year commitment will focus on materials being used in CertainTeed’s Siding Products Group and looking for ways to improve their durability.


MCCo Debuts The Lakeview Solar Power Plant

MCCo has been working diligently to complete the installation of its 1MW solar project. The SDLE Center has been contracted to instrument and monitor the power plant, giving insight into its performance and reliability. 

Blue Angels buzz the SunFarm

It's Labor Day weekend in the U.S. and that means The Cleveland National Air Show is in town this weekend.  The Blue Angels thrilled people from University Circle to Downtown on Thursday while they practiced their aerial acrobatics.  Click here for more pictures.

SDLE Center hosts visitors from National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

On August 29th, 2014 the SDLE Center was very pleased to welcome visitors from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).  Representatives from the Geosciences and Computational Science Divisions came to CWRU to learn about Energy-CRADLE and other developments in Data Analytics.

SDLE Center hosts NEMA 5FB-2 Technical Committee Meeting

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association held their August meeting at Case Western Reserve University on August 13th and 14th.  The discussion addressed the topic of Lifetime and Degradation of Nylon Cable Ties.  Click here for related publications.


CWRU Data Science program featured in Fortune Magazine on Educating the 'big data' generation

FORTUNE — It would be tough to find a better illustration of the acute need for big-data skills today than the situation KeyCorp  KEY -0.49%  has been experiencing.

SDLE Research Associate Laura Bruckman delivers seminar presentation at DMSE 2014 Spring Colloquium.

On January 24th, 2014, Laura Bruckman delivered a seminar presentation, at the DMSE 2014 Spring Colloquium, entitled "Lifetime and Degradation Science: Acrylic Statistical Mechanistic Pathway Diagram Development", which covered statistical analytics, using a data science approach, defining the new field of lifetime and degradation science (L&DS), providing mechanistic insights into real-world degr

SDLE Center and Case School of Engineering Host Lifetime & Degradation Science Workshop

On November 14, the SDLE Center and the Case School of Engineering, joined by faculty from the University of Maryland and Cleveland State University, hosted a Lifetime & Degradation Science (L&DS) Workshop with about 100 attendees.  L&DS is a new engineering design paradigm that accelerates development and testing, reduces degradation, renormalizes standards, and builds technologies fitted to their real world environments.

SDLE SunFarm Featured by Cleveland Mayor's Office of Sustainability

The SDLE Center SunFarm was featured in a recent video by Sustainable Clevelanda 10-year initiative through the Cleveland Mayor's Office that engages everyone to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland and build economic, social and

SDLE Grand Opening - November 1st Open House

Register now! to join stakeholders from industry, academia, and government at an open house to celebrate the SDLE Center, a new, state-of-the-art facility focused on lifetime and degradation science for solar materials and all environmentally exposed, long-lived technologies. There will be networking and tours of the SDLE Center labs and outdoor SunFarm.

Solar Expert Dr. David Faiman Visits SDLE Center

Renowned solar expert Dr. David Faiman visits the SDLE Center Tuesday August 21 to learn more about the research going on, tour the SDLE facilities, and give a presentation to the CWRU community titled "25 Years of Photovoltaic Testing Outdoors in the Negev Desert." Dr.

SDLE Center's Myles Murray Featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Myles Murray, a doctoral candidate in CWRU's SDLE Center, contributed an editorial to the Cleveland Plain Dealer advocating for the need and efficacy of solar power in greater Cleveland. Read the full article here.

Position Announcement

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position is available in the Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) laboratory, working with Professor Roger French in the Department of Materials Science at Case Western Reserve University. Click here for more details. 

SDLE Center Hosts Solar Durability Workshop

On Monday, April 9, the SDLE Center, in cooperation with CWRU's Great Lakes Energy Institute and Ohio State University's Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), hosted a Solar Durability Workshop that brought together nearly 100 representatives from industry, academia, and government. The following speakers and presentations were featured at the event.