Ohio State Energy in the News
Port Clinton News Herald
September 15, 2017
As the prevalence of smart phones and tablets continues to grow, mobile technology is also becoming an emerging tool in the fight to reduce farm nutrient runoff, which causes Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.
Featured expert: John Fulton, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering
September 13, 2017
A startup making wireless power components for the internet of things has raised an additional $2 million and hired the technology's inventor part-time from Ohio State University. Nikola Labs Inc. has raised a combined $4 million – $2.7 million of it this year – since 2015. Chi-Chih Chen, an associate research professor at Ohio State's electroscience laboratory, developed the technology that converts radio frequency to direct current energy.
Crain’s Detroit Business
September 7, 2017
Autonomous vehicle technology has become a hot topic in the automotive industry and in the public imagination. But that doesn't mean driverless pods will be whisking metro Detroiters to the grocery store any time soon. Complete autonomy is decades away, panelists said at Technology in Motion, a summit taking place Wednesday through Friday at downtown Detroit's Cobo Center.
Featured expert: Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and development
September 7, 2017
Automakers, working closely with suppliers, have reduced the weight of their vehicles, in some cases by hundreds of pounds. They’ve introduced new materials, stepping up the use of high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium. They’ve found new ways to join parts made with different materials together. Now comes the hard part—continuing the momentum, going deeper into vehicles and components to find weight savings.
Featured expert: Glenn Daehn, professor of metallurgical engineering
September 5, 2017
Scientists at The Ohio State University say megastorms have already become the new norm and if we don’t start addressing climate change now it’s only going to get worse.
“Events have been predicted now for over 30 years as a result of increasing temperatures in the atmosphere and in the oceans and these storms feed on that,” said Lonnie Thompson, Senior Research Scientist at The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center.
Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center
September 1, 2017
Visitors of The Ohio State University at Mansfield/North Central State College campus will see something new crop up this fall.
A micro-farm is being built in a parking lot on the west side of campus and will feature two high tunnels and 20 additional raised beds, which will be used to produce fresh fruits and vegetables for the campus cafeteria and at a reduced cost for north end Mansfield residents.
Dayton Daily News
September 2, 2017
As a former property owner at Grand Lake St. Marys I was drawn to a recent Internet report of a study that discussed property values in areas affected by toxic algae. It is not a pretty picture.
I wonder what the elected officials think when they read a study like the one conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. I would hope it would make them think about what they might do to alleviate a problem that has been going on for almost 10 years. And then act on their thoughts.
Featured experts: Allen Klaiber, professor of agricultural, environmental and development, and David Wolf, doctoral student
August 31, 2017
Ohio State University’s big energy plan is being watched from above.
The U.S. Air Force is asking about the 50-year lease the university struck with a global joint venture.
Air Force officials last month issued a request for information on what it calls energy as a service, a comprehensive energy plan in which the military branch would sign a long-term arrangement for the procurement and operation of electricity with one entity rather than piecemeal deals at each base.
August 31, 2017
Sharped-eyed observers on Ohio State University’s main campus might have spotted an unusual-looking vehicle cruising around on Tuesday.
Olli is the brand name of a 12-passenger van produced by an Arizona-based company called Local Motors. Designed to be fully autonomous, the rectangular-shaped shuttle was on campus for a “promotional and video shoot,” according to Benjamin Johnson, Director of Media and Public Relations.
August 30, 2017
Ohio State University is front and center in the country’s changing energy landscape.
Power companies and users alike are reacting to continued decentralization of the electric industry.
Part of this shift includes large power users farming out utility management to energy companies, a tactic typically used at big companies or cities. This year, however, Ohio State became the first university in the country to privatize its energy management.
The Columbus Dispatch
August 30, 2017
The number of electric-vehicle charging stations in Ohio would be poised to double under a rebate proposal from American Electric Power and environmental groups.
…More charging stations, like this one at Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research on Kinnear Road, could be created through a rebate program proposed by American Electric Power and environmental groups.
August 29, 2017
Imagine getting a year’s worth of rain in just a few days. An Ohio State University researcher said that’s how much Harvey has dumped on Houston so far. He said more than 9 trillion gallons has fallen in Texas since the storm started. Ohio State Department of Geography Professor Steven Quiring is the guy the government relies on to know where the power will go out and for how long during monster storms. He helped Texas and federal officials prepare for the devastating storm. In 12 years, he said he’s never seen one like this.
August 28, 2017
Megastorms such as Tropical Storm Harvey, which is expected to dump
record-setting rainfall on parts of Texas over the next few days, will
be increasingly common if the human factors fueling global warming
aren’t addressed, climate change experts warn.
Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences
Researchers at The Ohio State University develop a simulation technique to find optimal locations for electric vehicle charging stations.
Today’s Motor Vehicles
August 25, 2017
While sales of electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow each year, they only make up 1% of the current passenger vehicle market. With more consumers interested in purchasing EVs, the vehicle industry finds itself in a difficult situation – consumers are not buying EVs because adequate charging stations aren’t available, and investors are not building stations without enough demand.Ramteen Sioshansi, associate professor of integrated engineering at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, is addressing this Catch 22 using data sets from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) that model the typical driving patterns around Columbus, Ohio.
Featured expert: Ramteen Sioshansi, integrated systems engineering
How will climate change affect Ohio?
The Columbus Dispatch
August 25, 2017
Scientists deal in hypotheses, not predictions.
But there is scientific agreement on one forecast for the future: Our planet is warming, and it’s going to keep getting hotter.
Featured experts: Stuart Ludsin, evolution, ecology and organismal biology; Dan Herms, entomology; Aaron Wilson, senior research associate and extension coordinator for Byrd Polar and Ohio State Extension; Elena Irwin, environmental and urban economist; Jason Cervenec, director of education and outreach for Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
Michigan Public Radio
August 23, 2017
There’s a green bloom of cyanobacteria on Lake Erie again. People who
run water utilities and scientists are watching the bloom because the
cyanobacteria can produce toxins called microcystins that are dangerous for people and pets. It's what made Toledo’s drinking water unsafe to drink in 2014.
Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory
August 23, 2017
The companies managing Ohio State University’s energy assets for the next five decades will spend $6.8 million this year on major projects.
Ohio State Energy Partners – the LLC created by French company Engie and partner Axium Infrastructure – plans to spend the money on four projects, pending OSU board of trustees approval this week.
Salt Lake Tribune
August 15, 2017
The drivers and crews of most of the 440 vehicles that made their way from all over the world to this glistening white expanse of salt enjoyed cooler than normal temperatures Monday during the third day of the 69th annual Speed Week.
… One of the most interesting cars is the Buckeye Bullet Venturi VBB-3, an Ohio State University creation that holds the record of 341.40 miles per hour for all electric vehicles.
The streamliner is capable of 3,000 horsepower. The slim 28-foot long vehicle utilizes two electric motors, 3,400 pounds of lithium ion nanosphasphate battery cells and over three miles of wiring.
Press & Sun-Bulletin
August 11, 2017
If you’re still having trouble figuring how to lower your electric bill by shopping for a supplier, just wait until the next advance in utility deregulation comes to your home.
They’re called ‘smart meters,’ and they could upend the way you live, providing a jolt to how a homeowner uses electricity and natural gas.
Featured expert: Noah C. Dormady, professor of public affairs
August 12, 2017
Forget New York and Los Angeles—it's really the small to midsize metro areas like Columbus, Ohio, that are successfully implementing smart-city programs. ... There are 60 colleges and universities that cater to the Columbus region and in particular, Ohio State University is a main location for innovating applied research for product design, technology commerce, and manufacturing. Its program, the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, works directly with manufacturers to identify and execute growth strategies.