Rise and Shine

More than a dozen solar trackers like this one catch rays at Case Western Reserve’s Sun Farm, part of the university’s Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center. The trackers connect to the region’s electrical grid, but power generation is only part of the picture. Aiming to design longer-lasting materials and solar energy equipment, the center studies how technologies such as solar panels hold up to laboratory-accelerated testing and real-world environmental exposure.

CWRU Sun Farm

Technologies like this, and other state-of-the-art machinery like circuit board routers and laser cutters, allow students at think[box] to bring their ideas to life on the fly.

The collection of high-tech equipment is allowing innovators to unleash their creativity and, if all goes well, invent new technologies and businesses.