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Pioneering Lifetime and Degradation Science and Technology Development

The SDLE Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a world-class research center dedicated to data science and analytics applied to materials and energy science.

Established in 2011 by Professor Roger H French, the SDLE Center focuses on:

  • Lifetime and degradation science of solar photovoltaic (PV) materials, and other environmentally exposed, long lived (>25 years) technologies.
  • Accelerated laboratory and outdoor real-world exposures and evaluations of outdoor exposed technologies such as solar, led lighting and building envelope materials
  • Energy efficiency and virtual energy auditing of buildings, using engineering epidemiology and data analytics
  • Data-mining and statistical- and machine-learning applied to materials
  • Petabyte/Petaflop big data analytics applied to time-series, spectral and image datasets
  • Non-relational data warehousing and analytics environment for complex systems. 

News


Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position In PV Cell Degradation

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position for a materials scientist/engineer is available in the SDLE Research Center, Case School of Engineering under the direction of Prof. Roger H. French. The research focuses on using a data analytics approach to understanding and predicting photovoltaic module material degradation, optimizing PV and accelerating adoption of new technology, such as PERC solar cells.

SDLE Team is chosen by DOE SunShot to pursue its Small Innovative Project in Solar (SIPS)

This project investigates the impact of surface modification of the transparent electrode in thin film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells on improving the reliability. The modification with a molecular surface modifier will limit chemical exposure of the cell to water and acetic acid from the breakdown of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) encapsulants. The modification is expected to double the lifetime of the cell. 

Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position In Data Science and Statistical Analytics of PV Material Degradation

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position for a statistician is available in the SDLE Research Center, Case School of Engineering under the direction of Prof. Roger H. French. The research focuses on using a data analytics approach to understanding and predicting photovoltaic module material degradation, opening up the risk-reducing or riskaverse market of PV module lifetimes and accelerating adoption of new technology adoption.

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 here!

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