Ohio State Energy in the News

OSU Center for Automotive Research powers up new engine

Columbus Business First

July 5, 2013

The newest venture from the Center for Automotive Research won’t go inside a car. The interdisciplinary research group at Ohio State University's College of Engineering is teaming up with Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. to help commercialize the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company’s engine that takes waste such as industrial smoke or heat and converts it to electricity.


NOAA, partners predict significant harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie this summer

NOAA

July 3, 2013

NOAA and its research partners predict that the 2013 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom (HAB) season will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, this summer. 

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, director of Ohio State’s Sea Grant program and Stone Lab


Region racing to train workers

Ohio Oil and Gas

July 2, 2013

As the crude oil and natural gas industry burgeons in Ohio, Ohioans no doubt will seek to be a part of it. Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute is helping to train the workers that will be necessary in this industry.


Ohio State's Electric Land-Speed Racer is Down to the Wire

Plugin Cars

June 29, 2013

“Just 39 days to go!” Amanda Belding, who’s doing the countdown until her electric race car is ready to hit the Utah salt flats, is a junior here on the sprawling campus of Ohio State University, home to 60,000 students. Belding’s major may be “in flux,” but she’s found her niche at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), which hosts 35,000 square feet of labs and garage space to let students get down and greasy with all manner of alternative power vehicles.


OSU Partners for Steam-Powered Engine

WCMH-TV

June 28, 2013

Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research is partnering with Cycylone Power Technology, a Florida company, on an innovative idea that uses an old technology – a steam engine—to generate clean energy.

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Business First: OSU to test energy-harnessing engine for Florida R&D company

First Bell: Ohio State University To Test Energy-Harnessing Engine For Florida Company.


Guest column: Sustainability education is imperative on campus

Waste and Recycling News

June 20, 2013

Featured expert: Column written by Corey Hawkey, sustainability coordinator at The Ohio State University


Compressor stations could be next shale battleground in Ohio

Crain’s Cleveland Business

June 7, 2013

In the national debate over shale gas drilling, most of the arguments have focused on the drilling itself. However, the next phase of the industry's development in Ohio and other new drilling areas also may involve a contentious issue: compressor stations.

Featured expert: Jeff Daniels, director, Subsurface Energy Resource Center


Shale output doesn’t shift maps

Coshocton Tribune

May 31, 2013

Despite a rollout by its sister division in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Geological Survey said the production data released on 87 horizontal oil and gas wells had little influence on the understanding of the Utica Shale.

Featured expert: Jeffrey Daniels, professor of earth sciences

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Port Clinton News Herald, Shale data doesn't provide better understanding

Marion Star, Well results don’t shift Utica Shale potential
Newark Advocate, Early well results don’t shift Utica Shale maps, potential

The News Messenger, Well results don’t shift maps


Chemical looping: a clean coal breakthrough

powertechnology.com

May 29, 2013

A new process developed at Ohio State University could dramatically improve the fortunes of costly carbon capture methods. With renewables not yet ready to flood the market, could this technology unlock the potential of emissions-reducing clean coal initiatives?


OSU Extension to offer statewide sustainable agriculture tour

Logan Daily News

May 27, 2013

Ohio State University's Sustainable Agriculture Team will host several tours this spring and summer on hops production, agritourism, organic farming and urban agriculture, as part of the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.


OSU EcoCar2 finishes third

The Columbus Dispatch

May 24, 2013

The earth-friendly car designed by Ohio State University students has finished third place in a national competition last night. OSU’s EcoCar 2 team is coming home from the San Diego event with a trophy, despite having some mechanical problems with the vehicle during the final testing.


Could ‘Clean Coal’ Finally Live up to Its Name?

An experimental new technology captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from burning coal

Smithsonian Magazine

May 23, 2013

Not long ago, the phrase “clean coal” seemed like an oxymoron. Coal-fired power plants emit a witch’s brew of air pollutants that, unless it is removed with scrubbers, tarnishes the air, creates acid rain and can cause asthma or heart attacks. And coal plants emit twice the planet-heating carbon dioxide of natural-gas-fired power plants. A new type of reactor, however, one that captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide generated by burning coal, could make “clean coal” feasible.


Ratepayers save under Ohio's green-energy law, group says

The Columbus Dispatch

May 21, 2013

The “green” energy provisions of a 2008 state energy law have saved consumers $170 million, according to Ohio State University findings that run counter to the argument that the law’s requirements have contributed to an increase in bills.
Featured expert: Joseph Fiksel, co-founder of the Center for Resilience


World's Largest Tropical Glacier Shrinks

Discovery

May 20, 2013

Earth is fast becoming a planet where tropical glaciers will be myths. Here are a couple of recently released satellite images from 1988 and 2010 showing the shrinkage of the world’s biggest tropical glacier, the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru.
Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center 


Yuma competition drives auto engineers to excel

Yuma Sun

May 17, 2013

In order to better equip future generations of engineers with hands-on experience, the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors have teamed up to offer EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To The Future, a three-year competition that is part of DOE's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) offered for the past 24 years.

Featured expert: Shawn Midlam-Mohler, professor of mechanical engineering


Michigan videographer tackles Greenland snow melt

Great Lakes Echo

May 15, 2013

A Midland, Mich.-based graphic artist and climate change awareness advocate has turned his sights abroad to help bring attention to an environmental issue that spans the globe.

Featured expert: Jason Box, a scientist with Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center


Better, greener ditch design: Ohio State scientist scoops award

Lima News

May 10, 2013

Ohio State scientist Andy Ward received OARDC's Innovator of the Year award for his "two-stage" ditch design that is greener and saves farmers money.


Scotts drops phosphorus from lawn fertilizer

The Columbus Dispatch

May 10, 2013

Scotts Miracle-Gro has removed phosphorus from its popular Turf Builder line of lawn fertilizer to help reduce the type of harmful algae blooms that have plagued waterways such as Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Stone Laboratory, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, and Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium


After Catastrophe

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 6, 2013

The Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi meltdown echoed other major catastrophes—acts of nature, of the market, or of terrorists—that we have endured over the past several years. Those events also created ripple effects in a highly interconnected world, revealing the urgent need to be able to absorb such shocks—because we are certainly going to see more of them.

Featured expert: Joseph Fiksel, co-founder of the Center for Resilience


Bill has smart energy focus: efficiency

The Dispatch

May 4, 2013

Vice President for Energy and Environment Ron Sega supports building-efficiency bill introduced by Senator Rob Portman.


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