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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
The SDLE Center SunFarm was featured in a recent video by Sustainable Cleveland, a 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
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.
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.
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.
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.