Robust Industry Partnerships

To effectively address today’s energy and related environmental issues, partnerships are essential. In addition to collaboration among the university’s many energy and related research laboratories, Ohio State facilitates a myriad of external relationships (formal and informal, collaborative and consultative, sponsor and client) with other academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and Ohio-based businesses as well as national and multinational corporations. These partnerships advance our goal of positioning Ohio State as the land-grant institution leader in energy issues.

DOE Funding to Accelerate Vehicle Efficiency, Optimization Research

The Ohio State University was awarded $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The funding will be used to optimize fuel efficiency by leveraging electric-hybrid engine controls with Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF®) cylinder deactivation and vehicle interconnectivity and automation.

Within the university, research will be led by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“CAR and its partners, Delphi, Tula Technology and TRC Inc. form a team with considerable depth of experience and innovative practices in powertrain control systems and in connected and automated vehicles,” said CAR Director Giorgio Rizzoni. “This project will give the team the opportunity to lead the way in creating new standards in vehicle fuel economy and intelligence.”

Ohio State and its partners received this competitive award from ARPA-E’s NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) Program.

Ohio State announcement

ARPA-E NEXTCAR program

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