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Researchers building flow battery prototype to augment grid

Researchers Bob Savinell, Nick Sinclair and Jesse Wainright with a 100-watt model of their iron-flow battery.Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are scaling up a prototype iron-flow battery to provide cleaner and cheaper power when renewable energy sources are ebbing or demand is peaking. The battery would also efficiently store excess electricity when use is low.
The engineers received $1.17 million in federal funding and have begun building a 1-kilowatt prototype to provide enough power to run a small window air conditioner, big screen LCD TV, Xbox 360 gaming system and a lamp with a 100-watt incandescent bulb for six hours.
The grant brings the total U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, funding to nearly $3.25 million for this project over the last five years.

Dean Jeffrey Duerk named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dean Jeffrey DuerkCase School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey Duerk has been elected to fellowship in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for lifetime achievement and leadership in innovation and scientific discovery.
He will be inducted along with the 175-member class of 2016 fellows on April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston during NAI’s annual conference.
NAI fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in such areas as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.

Northern Ohio institutions become laboratories for future energy usage

Case Western Reserve University wind turbineCase Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo will serve as “living laboratories” that demonstrate the value of integrating distributed energy sources with the assortment of devices, equipment and other power consumers within buildings and across the grid.
The effort begins this month with a one-year award administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The Department of Energy-funded project is an expansion of transactive control demonstration activities ongoing at PNNL. Corporate partners FirstEnergy, Eaton Corp., Siemens and Johnson Controls are participating in this three-site activity. The total project investment from DOE and industry exceeds $1 million.

Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

plateletsCase Western Reserve University researchers have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood.
Even better, the device provides more information about the blood than existing approaches.
Rapid and accurate assessments are essential to ensuring that patients prone to blood clots—as well as those who have difficulty clotting—receive care appropriate to their conditions.

Chemical engineering students take research from class project to peer-reviewed publication

Light bulb symbolizing bright ideaMost class projects end with a final grade. But a team of chemical engineering students took their capstone project a step further.
Undergraduate students Karun Kumar Rao, Molly Ferguson, Kyle Murphy and Jean Zhao spent the spring semester working on a project for Sherwin Williams: developing a method to characterize the degree of coalescence of resin films.