Ohio State Energy in the News

Prince Albert Tells Climate Deniers To 'Open Their Eyes'

WOSU

September 1, 2016

The Prince of Monacco, Prince Albert the second, was on campus today at The Ohio State University to talk sustainability, the environment and climate change.

Prince Albert’s Gas company, Venturi, has a partnership with the Buckeye Bullet, a series of high performance electric vehicle that have topped 300 miles per hour.


Prince of Monaco visits OSU

The Lantern

September 1, 2016

Counting graduate and professional students, Ohio State has almost twice as many students as Monaco has citizens. But Prince Albert II didn’t seem phased.

Prince Albert II of Monaco visited OSU on Wednesday, where he addressed students on global climate practices and responsibilities. He also spoke on how those practices and responsibilities relate to the university’s efforts toward achieving its sustainability goals and maintaining a more environmentally conscious campus.


Prince gives lecture at Ohio State

Monaco Life

August 31, 2016

Prince Albert visited Ohio State University to learn more about the university’s research and educational programming on sustainability issues and to give a lecture on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water.


Monaco’s Prince Albert II to visit Ohio State University

Associated Press

August 30, 2016

Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit Ohio State University to learn more about the university’s research and educational programming on sustainability issues.

The university says the ruler of Monaco will be on campus Wednesday. He is scheduled to give a lecture focusing on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water.


Ohio State president says school's energy infrastructure 'just not in the 21st century'

Business First

August 25, 2016

Ohio State University is in the final stage of determining which outside group it will select to manage its vast energy resources, reviewing bids from six groups that would need board of trustees approval.

No school close to the size of Ohio State has leased such a large asset, nor had a public university done something like the 50-year, $483 million deal that farmed out parking operations and management to CampusParc.


Minute of Charging

Electronics 360

August 25, 2016

Most electric cars get less than half a mile per minute of charge. But engineers at Ohio State University are out to improve that by designing a “smart” membrane they hope will enable development of a new category of fast-charging and powerful batteries that will allow automobiles to travel farther on a single charge.

Featured expert: Vishnu-Baba Sundaresan, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. 

ALSO: Zigwheels: Smarter Batteries For Electric Vehicles On The Horizon

ALSO: Times of India: This 'smart' membrane may boost electric car batteries

ALSO: The Engineer: Membrane technology prevents battery drain


BTN LIVEB1G: AUTO SAFETY

Big Ten Network

August 23, 2016

Ohio State's auto safety research facility is the only one of its kind in the world (as of 2013). It has a crane that can lift and rotate the car that a test subject is working on or repairing. Ohio State is testing how tilting a vehicle can affect how an auto employee works on a vehicle and how their stance and posture can affect their long term health.


Self-driving cars hit Ohio Turnpike within a year

Testing will be concentrated on stretches with 3 lanes each way

Toledo Blade

August 20, 2016

…Along with the turnpike commission, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Public Safety, and Ohio State University are leading the local research effort, Mr. Cole said. The research, in turn, is being coordinated with parallel efforts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, he said, “and we need to get Indiana on board too.”


What we can learn from watching video of coral lose its color

Christian Science Monitor

August 19, 2016

Scientists have long warned of coral bleaching events, but few knew the phenomenon could be so violent.

Last week, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology described the first-ever video of coral bleaching in the journal Coral Reefs. They found that under simulated warming conditions, solitary mushroom coral called Heliofungia actiniformis will swell and squeeze, dramatically expelling their algal tenants. 

Featured expert: Andrea Grottoli, professor of earth sciences


Trucking in central Ohio also to benefit in Smart Cities program

The Columbus Dispatch

August 18, 2016

Much of the focus of the federal Smart City grant money recently awarded to Columbus has been on alternative transportation development for humans. But the logistics business, which involves moving goods rather than people, also stands to reap benefits.

…The partially automated trucks will be tested on a track at Ohio State University before moving to the road test along Alum Creek Drive.


Climate change warning signs getting stronger

Great Lakes ills reflect trend

Toledo Blade

August 8, 2016

Climate change is becoming more pronounced across our planet, with effects in the Great Lakes region including anything from more toxic algae to faster evaporation of Great Lakes water.

Other documented Great Lakes impacts include higher shipping costs, more pollen, more Lyme disease, and changes in wintering habits of some birds that have been migrating across this part of North America for thousands of years.

Featured expert: Stu Ludsin, an Ohio State University associate ecology professor and co-director of OSU’s Aquatic Ecology Lab


Could No-Till Farming Reverse Climate Change?

Tilling farmland increases carbon dioxide emissions, but not tilling may not work for every farm.

U.S. News & World Report

August 5, 2016

If you ask Randall Reeder what he thinks about no-till farming, he says it's simple.

"If all the land farmed around the world was in no-till, we could probably reverse climate change," the retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer explains.

Well, maybe not that simple. Timothy Crews, a researcher at the Salina, Kansas Land Institute, says without accurate tests of carbon deposits deep below the soil's surface, it's hard to say with any certainty.

Featured expert: Randall Reeder, retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer


How to shake off the 'Rust Belt' label for good

Crain’s Chicago Business

August 2, 2016

When McDonald's announced in June that it would move its headquarters from suburban Oak Brook to Chicago's trendy West Town neighborhood, most folks in Chicagoland celebrated the news as further confirmation of the Windy City's economic dominance.

Outside the Loop, however, another story is being written. It's a tale of two Midwests.

Featured expert: Ned Hill, professor of public affairs


Urban Meyer rides with IndyCar's Conor Daly at Honda STEAM event

Mansfield News Journal

July 29, 2016

Headed into his fifth year as coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, Urban Meyer has made plenty of trips around the university's campus. But on Thursday he did it in style. Meyer was the special guest of the Honda STEAM Connections Tour event and was driven from the OSU Athletic Administration office to the Longaberger Alumni House in a special street-legal two-seat Indy car, driven by IndyCar racer Conor Daly. Meyer's entrance was only the start of the STEAM event, which presented a variety of cars built by the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research all while explaining the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) behind building them.


Scientists grow dandelions to make rubber

UPI

July 28, 2016

Scientists have developed a dandelion strain with natural rubber in its roots. The summer weed that invades suburban lawns could be the next rubber tree.

Researchers are working to improve the weed so that it can be produced fast and efficiently enough to be a sustainable source of rubber.

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, professor of horticulture and crop science


Columbus, Ohio focuses $40M DOT prize on transportation tech

ComputerWorld

July 23, 2016

Columbus, Ohio recently snagged a $40 million prize from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a series of proposals to use data and technology to reshape the city's transportation system.

The city of 850,000 beat out six other finalists in the DOT's Smart City Challenge; the money will be matched by $10 million from Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. and $90 million the city raised from private partners. In all, 78 cities applied for the grant, including nearly all of the nation's mid-sized cities.

Featured expert: Carla Bailo, assistant vice president of mobility research and business development


Dandelions, the scourge of lawns, may be a fount of rubber

Chemical and Engineering News

July 25, 2016

In Katrina Cornish’s test fields, weed control is a big issue. Weeds are a problem for most farmers, but it’s an ironic one for the Ohio State University researcher, since she’s growing dandelions. “How do you kill the dandelions without killing the dandelions?” she wonders aloud.

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, professor of horticulture and crop science


Ohio State’s Buckeye Current motorcycle team wins with electric power

Live Big – Big Ten Network

July 24, 2016

When the Buckeye Current, Ohio State University’s student electric motorcycle team, competed in the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb race this summer, a number of technical issues almost left them at the starting line. Their electric cycle, the RW-3x, was completely non-functional just days before the race. Talk about rallying. The team not only fixed all the glitches, but came in third, which even shocked Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center of Automotive Research at The Ohio State University.


America wastes $160 billion in food every year but is too busy to stop

Bloomberg

July 22, 2016

Americans say they feel bad about the 130 billion pounds of food (PDF) the nation wastes every year. But not badly enough to do anything about it.

More than half the respondents in a new national survey said they are aware of the scale of this $160 billion (PDF) problem. Almost 80 percent said they feel guilty when throwing food away, but 51 percent said it would be difficult to reduce household food waste. And 42 percent said they don’t have enough time to worry about it.

Featured expert: Brian Roe, professor of agricultural marketing and policy

ALSO: NewsweekWhen it comes to food, Americans are shamefully wasteful

Live ScienceFood for thought: Americans just can’t stop throwing out food


City acknowledges inherent complications of driverless vehicles in Smart City Challenge application

Columbus Business First

July 15, 2016

Driverless cars soon will rev their engines across the Easton area. The promise of the technology and other “smart” transportation initiatives Columbus will soon test as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge is enough to kill off any immediate plans for a light rail system.


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