Researchers at Case Western Reserve University will do an epidemiological, disease control-type study of more than 5 million solar panels at hundreds of power plants around the world to learn how photovoltaic modules degrade under varying conditions.
Funded by a $1.35 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative award, the study’s goal is to drive designs that make modules last longer and have more predictable power output, which can help reduce the cost of clean power and add certainty for renewable energy investors.
Case Western Reserve University has been ranked among the top colleges and universities with the biggest impact on science.
A team of researchers, Steve Hsu from Michigan State University and Jonathan Wai from Duke University, compiled their top 25 institutions using a unique system that accounts for alumni who have won the most prestigious academic awards—including Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals and Turing Awards—and those who have gained membership in the National Academies.
Read more about the rankings.
BioEnterprise and the Ohio Aerospace Institute are hosting an SBIR/STTR Agency Overview Workshop Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The full-day workshop provides an overview of the SBIR/STTR program and basic proposal information for NIH, NSF and DOD funding.
Learn more and register.
Apple debuted a number of new technologies last week, including the latest version of its Apple Watch, which includes health monitoring capabilities that trace their roots to Case Western Reserve University.
Mehran Mehregany, the Goodrich Professor of Engineering Innovation, took a leave from Case Western Reserve November 2009 through August 2010 to start the engineering program at (the then newly found) West Health Institute in San Diego, serving as the founding EVP of Engineering. In December 2009, while at the West Health Institute, he identified the need for low-cost remote home monitoring of fetal heart rate and contractions in pregnant women and a responsive solution using wearable sensors. He assembled a team at the West Health Institute to develop the product, and named it “Sense4Baby.”
Consumers aren’t embracing electric cars and trucks, partly due to the dearth of charging stations required to keep them moving. Even the conservation-minded are hesitant to go electric in some states because, studies show, if fossil fuels generate the electricity, the car is no greener than one powered with an efficient gasoline.
Charging cars by solar cell would appear to be the answer. But most cells fail to meet the power requirements needed to directly charge lithium-ion batteries used in today’s all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, however, have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency—the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe.