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Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom?

National Public Radio

March 15, 2013

The new boom in natural gas from shale has changed the energy economy of the United States. But there's another giant reservoir of natural gas that lies under the ocean floor that, theoretically, could dwarf the shale boom. No one had tapped this gas from the seabed until this week, when Japanese engineers pulled some up through a well from under the Pacific. The gas at issue here is called methane hydrate. Methane is natural gas; hydrate means there's water in it. In this case, the molecules of gas are trapped inside a sort of cage of water molecules. Few people have actually seen methane hydrates, but Ann Cook, a geophysicist at Ohio State University, is one of the few.

OSU's CAR host for EcoCar 2 competition

The Examiner

March 6, 2013

The Center for Automotive Research [CAR] at the Ohio State University was abuzz with activity Tuesday as EcoCar 2, a competition that challenges universities from across the nation to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising real world performance or safety, got underway in Columbus. http://www.examiner.com/article/osu-s-car-host-for-ecocar-2-competition

OSU professor who directs Buckeye Bullet project lives life in the fast lane

The Columbus Dispatch

March 3, 2013

Giorgio Rizzoni wakes up around 5 every morning and starts the day with an espresso, maybe two.

Rizzoni directs Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research and teaches mechanical and aerospace engineering. Those courses include lectures about forces that slow us down, but his work with the Buckeye Bullet is all about ramping up speed.Since he started the program in 2000, he and his students have set three land-speed records.


Start Your Engines

The Story with Dick Gordon from American Public Media

Feb 28, 2013

Building a car - a battery powered car that can go up to 400 miles per hour. It's under way at Ohio State University and the racing team, the Buckeye Bullets, plan to race their car at the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer. Dick speaks to professor Giorgio Rizzoni and David Cooke, one of the students who work 40 to 80 hours a week on the project.


Assembling for Disassembly: Alcoa, Honda Back Automotive Manufacturing Research at OSU

Sustainability Brands

February 22, 2013

Aluminum company Alcoa is lending its support to a longstanding research partnership between Honda and Ohio State University that could innovate auto manufacturing. The nonproprietary research underway at OSU’s Institute for Materials Research could lead to lighter weight vehicles, but building a more sustainable car is about more than just fuel efficiency, said Glenn Daehn, a professor in OSU’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


Corn shortage won’t affect local ethanol plants for now

Lima News

February 19, 2013

Featured expert: Curtis Young, agriculture extension educator in Van Wert County for The Ohio State University Extension.


OSU rooftop garden to bloom soon

Columbus Dispatch

February 19, 2013

A rooftop garden on Ohio State University’s Howlett Hall was supposed to be the first of its kind on a college campus. But the building went up in 1967 without the garden. A lack of money killed the project. Now a group led by the nonprofit Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is trying to fulfill the promise more than four decades later.


WVU, OSU Create Partnership for Shale Energy Research, Outreach And Education

Smart Energy Universe

February 18, 2013

Officials at The Ohio State University and West Virginia University have signed a memorandum of understanding creating a shale energy partnership between the two schools, agreeing to work collaboratively to develop a joint program of research in the Appalachian Region’s developing shale energy industry.


Energy-saving improvements seen yielding $1 million for Ohio State

Columbus Business First

February 15, 2013

Ohio State University is set to upgrade energy systems in five campus buildings, an effort expected to save the school $1 million a year.