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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 sciences.

Established in 2011 by Prof. 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, 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



3M Company engages SDLE for 3 Year Research Project

The Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center is excited to announce the beginning of a 3 year sponsored research project funded by 3M Company.  The $480,000 project will focus on polymeric materials in products used outdoors and looking for ways to improve their durability by better understanding how and why they break down. 

SDLE's Tim Peshek is one of 10 in the world to receive funding through Google’s Little Box Challenge

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.

CertainTeed’s Siding Products Group Initiates a 2nd Research Contract

The SDLE Center is excited to announce the beginning of a 2nd sponsored research project being funded by CertainTeed's Siding Products Group, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain.  The one-year commitment will focus on materials being used in CertainTeed’s Siding Products Group and looking for ways to improve their durability.


MCCo Debuts The Lakeview Solar Power Plant

MCCo has been working diligently to complete the installation of its 1MW solar project. The SDLE Center has been contracted to instrument and monitor the power plant, giving insight into its performance and reliability. 

Blue Angels buzz the SunFarm

It's Labor Day weekend in the U.S. and that means The Cleveland National Air Show is in town this weekend.  The Blue Angels thrilled people from University Circle to Downtown on Thursday while they practiced their aerial acrobatics.  Click here for more pictures.

SDLE Center hosts visitors from National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

On August 29th, 2014 the SDLE Center was very pleased to welcome visitors from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).  Representatives from the Geosciences and Computational Science Divisions came to CWRU to learn about Energy-CRADLE and other developments in Data Analytics.

SDLE Center hosts NEMA 5FB-2 Technical Committee Meeting

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association held their August meeting at Case Western Reserve University on August 13th and 14th.  The discussion addressed the topic of Lifetime and Degradation of Nylon Cable Ties.  Click here for related publications.


CWRU Data Science program featured in Fortune Magazine on Educating the 'big data' generation

FORTUNE — It would be tough to find a better illustration of the acute need for big-data skills today than the situation KeyCorp  KEY -0.49%  has been experiencing.