Science Café Cleveland presents


Breaking Ice for Wind Energy in Lake Erie


FEBRUARY 9, 2015




David Zeng, PhD

Frank H. Neff Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University





Lake Erie has great potential for wind energy. A large wind farm in the lake will have many advantages: away from residential areas, occupying no land, near utility infrastructures and major consumers in Northeast Ohio, etc. However, it also faces a number of challenges such as cost, finance, and technology. One of the main technical challenges is to find an economical solution to the ice load that will act on the foundations. At CWRU, research funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) is being conducted to evaluate the feasibility of a new type of foundation that can support the ice load while keeping the cost low. Join us in discussion of this and other issues related to a wind farm in the lake at this month's cafe.




The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

2701 Carroll Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



February 9, 2015

Doors open 5:30 - 9:30 PM (Limited menu available for purchase before and during the event. Not to mention beer! Last call is at 8:45 PM). Discussion starts around 7:00 p.m.


*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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