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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. 


SDLE SunFarm Featured by Cleveland Mayor's Office of Sustainability

The SDLE Center SunFarm was featured in a recent video by Sustainable Clevelanda 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

SDLE Grand Opening - November 1st Open House

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.

Solar Expert Dr. David Faiman Visits SDLE Center

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.

SDLE Center's Myles Murray Featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.

Position Announcement

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position is available in the Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) laboratory, working with Professor Roger French in the Department of Materials Science at Case Western Reserve University. Click here for more details. 

SDLE Center Hosts Solar Durability Workshop

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.