Great Lakes Energy Institute

Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) is a multi-million dollar research center focused on renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency. The GLEI builds on 80 years of groundbreaking discoveries in energy research at the Case School of Engineering and has a mission to enable the transition to advanced sustainable energy generation, storage, and distribution and utilization through coordinated research, development and education.

The distinctive feature of GLEI is its ability to translate results from cutting-edge research into the next generation of energy technologies. Core research areas within GLEI include: wind, energy storage, grid and sensors, fuel cells, solar energy materials, energy efficiency, and carbon capture and clean combustion. The University also has the CWRU Campus Sustainability Initiative that leads the everyday effort of energy and environment consciousness, and ensures that new campus building projects meet criteria required for certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Driving Economic Advancement

Case Western Reserve University's forward-looking energy initiatives, coupled with Ohio's advanced manufacturing infrastructure and highly-skilled workforce, can position the state to emerge as a national leader in sustainable energy. The GLEI offers a collaborative, translational research model that rapidly filters innovative ideas, nurtures them through to technological developments, and integrates them into the marketplace. Among the most important resources being developed at CWRU, is the next generation of engineers and scientists, who promote energy exploration and discovery in today's most important fields, including energy storage, wind energy and solar energy materials.


  • $5 million in energy research funding


  • Be recognized by students and researchers worldwide as a key energy program
  • Double the Case School of Engineering research funding in energy
  • Support technology applications needed around the world and work on energy projects of significance


  • Number of faculty focused on energy and ratio of faculty researches in School of Engineering
  • Number of PhD graduates
  • Number of researchers hired within the industry