Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

September 7, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Energy and Environmental Film Series Returns for Fall Semester

The School of Environment and Natural Resources/Environmental Professionals Network and the Office of Energy and Environment are pleased to announce the third Energy and Environmental Film Series. Six great films will be screened, with lively discussion afterward led by leading Ohio State and local experts, at 7 p.m. Monday evenings from Oct. 16 to Nov. 20. The films are free and open to all, but students can sign up for the 1-credit individual studies course tied to the series, for grad students and for undergrads. Contact langen.2@osu.edu with questions.

Ohio State Sustainability Fund Available for Campus Projects

Funding is available to faculty and staff members for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change, and/or directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Projects eligible for Sustainability Fund awards must contribute to sustainability; provide campus impact; and not be covered by an existing university operating budget. The funding should be used to seed, catalyze or gap-fill funding on projects rather than be the sole funding source. Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability webpage; scroll down to “Involvement.”

2017 Ohio Coal Research Consortium Opportunity

The Ohio Development Services Agency invites interested and qualified Ohio colleges and universities to submit proposals for new and expanded research projects that reduce coal’s impact on the environment and enhances it as an energy source by increasing economic competitiveness to generate electricity or be converted to other end products (hydrogen, methanol, etc.). Full proposals are due Sept. 18.

ARPA-E Announces Funding for High-Efficiency Distributed Generation Systems

ARPA-E has announced up to $20 million in funding for a new program to reduce the cost and increase the energy efficiency associated with providing electric power to commercial and industrial end users. ARPA-E’s Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE) program will develop advanced natural gas fueled, distributed electric generation systems with conversion efficiencies of more than 70 percent, which is double the current average delivered efficiency of utility-scale, fossil-fueled plants. INTEGRATE program technologies would seek to overcome key technical barriers to enabling a highly flexible, efficient, distributed energy alternative, increasing the efficiency of our electric system while reducing cost and increasing resiliency. The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for INTEGRATE is 5 p.m. Sept. 11. Additional information, including the full FOA and how to find project teaming partners, is available on the ARPA-E eXCHANGE online application portal.

Discovery Theme News

How to Meet a Renowned Expert

Why not nominate a pre-eminent leader in your field for the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program? The program engages students, faculty, staff and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern related to the Discovery Themes — Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security and Humanities and the Arts. Past lecturers have been eminent authorities from across the public and private sectors.


Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

Watchdog Report: Adjustable pricing, tripled rates, next step in electric deregulation

Press & Sun-Bulletin

August 11, 2017

Featured expert: Noah C. Dormady, professor of public affairs



Project tests whether wetlands can reduce Buckeye Lake algae

The Columbus Dispatch

July 30, 2017

Featured expert: William Mitsch, environmental science professor emeritus

From the Amazon to Ohio

Edible Columbus

July 14, 2017

Featured expert: Nick Kawa, assistant professor in anthropology


Upcoming Events

Judith Hartmann Lecture: Global Energy Leadership, Aug. 29

Dr. Judith Hartmann, executive vice president and CFO of ENGIE, will present a lecture on Global Energy Leadership at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Scott Lab Room E100. ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure are equity partners in Ohio State Energy Partners, Ohio State’s new energy management partner. ENGIE is a $60 billion global energy company with over 150,000 employees worldwide. Hartmann will share her experiences as a leader in the energy industry with students and faculty.

EPN Breakfast: Agriculture and Water Quality Issues, Sept. 12

Nutrient runoff and discharges continue to result in degraded water quality and threats to drinking water sources and aquatic habitat. Ohio State researchers and agency staff, with partners, focus on improving tools and guidance that ag producers can use. The event speakers are Libby Dayton, School of Environment and Natural Resources research scientist, and Kirk Hines, chief, Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

Research, Short and Sweet, Sept. 13

Join research colleagues for a quarterly networking series that connects the most collaborative minds engaged in Discovery at Ohio State. Topics featured are Promoting Health and Wellness and Sustaining Energy and the Environment. The session is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the STEAM Factory, 400 W. Rich St., Columbus. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants. Contact: brenner.17@osu.edu

2017 Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative Conference, Sept. 15

The 2017 Food Waste Conference will be take place Friday, Sept. 15, at the Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This second annual conference of the OSU Food Waste Collaborative will focus on policy trends at the federal, state and local level as well as the latest innovations aimed at reducing consumer food waste. Registration is required.

Center for High Performance Power Electronics Open House, Oct. 6

The Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE) will hold a one-day open house at 205 Dreese Labs. The event will feature CHPPE’s latest research and projects and offer opportunities to talk with faculty and students. Contact chppe.osu@gmail.com for more information.