The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) has announced that it will lead an international engineering team, including researchers at Case Western Reserve University, to design an offshore wind turbine foundation optimized for fabrication in the United States.
LEEDCo and a regional team developed the conceptual design of the foundation system last year through a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) competition. A new DOE award of $2.8 million has been finalized to complete the detailed engineering.
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.
In July, Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Society (IEEE PELS) announced the $1 million Little Box Challenge—a competition to further new technologies in the research and development of small, high-power density inverters. They also announced a special academic award program to support academics pursuing groundbreaking research in the area of increasing the power density for DC-to-AC power conversion.
Nine teams of Case Western Reserve University student and alumni entrepreneurs will showcase their inventions and burgeoning businesses at the world’s premier stage for innovation, the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The annual exhibition draws more than 150,000 attendees from around the globe.
Two teams—Everykey and Carbon Origins, which introduced their concepts at last year’s CES—return and will join seven innovators displaying their products for the first time at the show:
Jaesung Lee, a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) who is mentored by Assistant Professor Philip Feng, received a Best Paper Award at the American Vacuum Society’s (AVS) 61st International Symposium & Exhibition, held in Baltimore in November.
In his talk, titled “Temperature-Compensated Graphene Nanomechanical Resonators,” Lee presented the first thermally stable graphene nanomechanical resonators operating in a wide temperature range, from room temperature up to approximately 300 degrees Celsius. The new temperature-compensated design applies to graphene resonators consisting of atomically thin graphene and gold electrodes. It minimizes the overall thermal expansion of the devices, making their resonance frequencies immune from temperature variations.
A group of students from Case Western Reserve University and Lorain County Community College got a bird’s eye view of campus—and an up-close look at wind energy technology—by climbing the campus wind turbine.
The joint training session between Case Western Reserve engineering students and students enrolled in LCCC’s alternative energy technology associates degree program was organized by Wind Energy Research Center Director and materials science and engineering professor David Matthiesen.
Watch a video of the climb.