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Vote now for your favorite CWRU student team's Ohio Clean Energy Challenge investor pitch!

2013 Ohio Clean Energy ChallengeFour Case Western Reserve University student teams are in the semi-finals of the 2013 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge and you can help them win the Viewers Choice Award by voting now for your favorite team's investor video pitch.

The challenge is a student clean energy business plan competition, and all semifinalist teams have created a short investor video pitch. The video that receives the highest number of votes will receive a $1,500 prize as part of the Viewers Choice Award.

Waterfall swing invented by CWRU alumni featured in new Honda commercial

A unique computerized "waterfall swingset" invented in 2010 by three Case Western Reserve University alumni--Andrew Witte, Michael O'Toole and Ian Charnas--and one CIA alumnus, Andrew Ratcliff, was featured in a Honda commercial that aired during the Rose Bowl and continues to air on national television. 

Interest in the invention spiked after one of the videos highlighting the swing trended on YouTube, and the waterfall swingset is now booked at festivals throughout the world, from the Netherlands to Russia. 

Watch the commercial featuring this innovative swing:

"Forbes" selects four CWRU women for their "30 under 30" list, including BME grad Christine Fleming!

Christine FlemingFour of Forbes magazine’s list of the year’s 30 most innovative young thinkers in science and healthcare come from Case Western Reserve.

Forbes annual “30 Under 30” list highlights Christine Fleming, who earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering; Cindy Chang, a fifth-year medical student at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University; Paige Cramer, who completed her doctoral degree in neurosciences earlier this year; and Halle Tecco, a 2006 graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in management.

Lake Erie wind farm proposal wins $4M federal grant

CWRU to help complete engineering and design

A regional team including researchers from Case Western Reserve has won $4 million to design a wind farm in Lake Erie – along with the possibility they can compete for $46 million more to build it.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Wednesday that Northeast Ohio’s Project Icebreaker is one of seven proposals nationwide to advance in the high-stakes competition to prove the promise of offshore wind power.

LEEDco, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. formed in 2004, created the Northeast Ohio public-private-academic partnership behind Project Icebreaker. The organization’s proposal called for the installation of nine 3-megawatt turbines seven miles off the shore. The challenge now is to determine the details of drilling into the lake’s floor, transporting the structures out into the water, and finally getting them to stand – and stay – upright.

Department of Energy awards CWRU grant to build battery for smart grid, renewables

flow batteryA Department of Energy agency that funds high-risk, high-payoff research, has awarded engineers at Case Western Reserve University $567,805 to develop a “rustbelt” battery with unprecedented flexibility and utility.

For more than year, the researchers have been investigating ways to build a flow battery primarily using water and iron. A flow battery is essentially an unwrapped battery that can be scaled up to hold and supply electricity to a home or an entire community.

In addition to using cheap, plentiful and environmentally friendly materials, the battery is designed to improve the efficiency of the power grid and accelerate the addition of solar and wind power supplies.