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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

Large Scale Utility Energy Storage

Robert F. Savinell, Ph.D. - George S. Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University
Friday September 23, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

Renewable energy sources such as solar and windpower tend to have variable supply. A “smart grid” requires some ability to hold back energy at specific times. So many ideas to solve national and global energy problems require better ways to store energy. Dr. Savinell, a leading expert in the technology and former Dean of the Case School of Engineering, will describe the potential markets for and economic benefits of utility-scale energy storage. He will then discuss the range of technologies available and being developed to meet varied needs: from relatively short-term storage (e.g. kilowatts for seconds or minutes for transmission and voltage regulation) to storing megawatts for multiple hours so as to match varying supply to demand.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

The goal of of Robert Savinell's research program is to improve performance and innovated electrochemical solutions to energy conversion, energy conservation and energy storage challenges, and environmental challenges of significance to industry and society. His research focuses on understanding the thermodynamics and kinetic processes at electrochemical interfaces and within electrochemical systems through experimental and simulation approaches. The scope of his research program spans fundamental investigations through translational research towards commercial application.

A New Location

This year the Friday Public Affairs Lunch will convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. There is also on-street parking on both East Drive and Bellflower. Both are fairly short walks from the library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

September 30: The Arab Spring – and Beyond. Pete W. Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 7: TBA

October 14: The Campaign for the Republican Nomination for President.  Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 21: What Can We Do With Vacant Land in Shrinking Cities?  W. Dennis Keating, Levin College Distinguished Professor, Cleveland State University

October 28: Should the Workday Include Time for Naps? Research Concerning Sleep and Productivity. Elizabeth Click, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

November 4: (Re)Regulating Financial Services: How Laws May Work in Practice.  Michael Wager J.D., Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

November 11: How are Successful Companies and Successful Universities Alike?  Richard E. Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor and H. R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business, Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science.

November 18: Wikipedia in the University.  Peter Shulman, Assistant Professor of History.

November 25: No Session - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: University Circle Update. Steven Litt, Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9: Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Services.  Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor of Law

September 19, 2011

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Upcoming Events

Israelis and Palestinians: The Possibilities for Peace

David Makovsky, Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies and Ghaith al-Omari, Executive Director of the Task Force in Palestine ATFP

September 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m., CWRU Thwing Student Center Ballroom, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. This program is free and open to the public. This program is cosponsored by Cleveland Hillel, the CWRU Center for Policy Studies, and others.

David Makovsky is director of the project on the Middle East peace process at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. He is coauthor with Dennis Ross of Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (2009). Ghaith al-Omari has served in numerous senior positions with the Palestinian Authority, including as Director of the International Relations Department in the Office of the Palestinian President.

The Road to Justice

Fred D. Gray, J.D., one of the nation’s preeminent civil rights lawyers and author of Bus Ride to Justice and Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

October 6, 2011, 6:00-7 p.m., Case Western Reserve University School of Law Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture, Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106. This program is free and open to the public. Reception follows.

Our nation has made enormous progress toward racial justice since World War II. In this lecture, Fred D. Gray, one of the nation’s preeminent civil rights lawyers, will analyze legal developments in this field. Drawing on his own leading role in many landmark civil rights cases, Mr. Gray will explain the relationship between legal advocacy and political activism while examining the challenges that we continue to face in preserving and extending the gains that we have made. This lecture should be of particular interest to lawyers because of Mr. Gray’s unique perspective as an advocate for civil rights in several landmark Supreme Court cases and in many other lawsuits. Because Mr. Gray is currently in practice, he will also provide timely information useful to lawyers who handle civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, disability rights, labor and employment cases.

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