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March Tour - Solar Power

  • Case Western Reserve University 2158 Adelbert Rd Cleveland, OH 44106 (map)

The Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a world-class research center dedicated to lifetime and degradation science. Established in 2011 by Professor Roger French, the SDLE Center focuses on the durability and degradation of solar photovoltaic (PV) materials, and other environmentally exposed, long lived technologies. This is of interest to plastics engineers because most of the research focuses on understanding and improving the long-term (10 years or longer) outdoor durability of polymeric materials continuously exposed to maximum sunlight.

Our visit will include tours of the “Sun Farm” (an outdoor array of instrumented and versatile solar panel mounts) and SDLE’s labs (indoor), a presentation by Prof. French and a dinner, all on the CWRU campus in Cleveland.

Costs, Reservations
Regular member: $25
Retired member: $20
Student: $5
Reservation and payment must be received in the mail no later than Thursday March 10, 2016.
Please send a check made out to SPE Cleveland Section to
Dan Crist
PO Box 845
Brunswick, OH 44212.
Reservations can also be made by e-mail at or by phone at 440-227-5424, but there will be a $5 surcharge for payment not received by the March 10 deadline. Because of limited capacity, attendance cannot be guaranteed for late reservations.

4:30-5:00 Registration. Please be ready to start the tours promptly at 5:00. It may not be possible to accommodate late arrivals. Please allow for rush hour traffic.
5:00-7:00 Guided tours of SDLE labs and Sun Farm. A shuttle bus from Nord Hall to the Sun Farm will be provided. The attendees will be split into groups alternating between the two tours. Please do not drive to the Sun Farm because there is no public parking there.
7:00-8:00 Self-serve dinner buffet in Nord 356.
7:30-8:30 Presentation in Nord 356