Ohio State Energy in the News

On College Campuses, Signs of Progress on Renewable Energy

Yale Environment 360

October 26, 2016

U.S. colleges and universities are increasingly deploying solar arrays and other forms of renewable energy. Yet most institutions have a long way to go if they are to meet their goal of being carbon neutral in the coming decades.

Featured expert: Kate Bartter, director, Office of Energy and Environment

For Racing Glory, Students Built a Mountain-Busting Electric Motorcycle

Ohio State engineers optimized their bike for one thing: to climb Pikes Peak faster than any other bike, electric or gasoline powered

IEEE Spectrum

October 28, 2016

An hour before the qualifying round is no time to blow out the power inverter in your electric racing motorcycle.

It’s a Friday morning in June and easily the worst day of the year for a score of engineering students from Ohio State University, in Columbus. Months of painstaking labor have gone into their all-electric cycle, the Buckeye Current RW-3, to handle one race and one race only: the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a motorsports race up Colorado’s iconic mountain.

For Gordon Hamilton, a Life of Discovery and Danger

The New York Times

October 25, 2016

…Yet for a whole cadre of climate scientists, the work entails real physical risks. Thousands of specialists — glaciologists, geologists, geodetic engineers, wildlife biologists and many others — must travel to remote regions to better understand the effects of warming on the natural world.

Lonnie G. Thompson, a renowned glaciologist at Ohio State University, was once camped on an ice cap when a savage wind knocked down his tent and began blowing it off the side of the mountain — with him inside. A colleague helped him stop the slide by plunging an ax through the canvas into the ice.

Featured Expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences

High-Speed Classroom: Building an Electric Racing Motorcycle

IEEE Spectrum

October 17, 2016

Ohio State University’s Buckeye Current Electric Motorcycle Team is no ordinary after school club. Unless, of course, your version of ordinary includes breaking land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and taking home racing trophies from the Isle of Man. In about six years, this all-student team has gone from cobbling motorcycles together from whatever they had on hand to competing against professional motorcycle racing teams on some of the world’s toughest courses.

'World's leading experts in energy conservation' interested in Ohio State privatization

Business First

October 19, 2016

Ohio State University says it has attracted some major players with its plan to privatize its energy management.

In an email sent Wednesday to students, faculty and staff, the school said "some of the world's leading experts in energy conservation and management want to help Ohio State meet our goals."

The world's fastest Buckeye

Columbus Monthly

October 14, 2016

Last month on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Ohio State University students fired a shot heard round the world—at least throughout the realm of land speed racing. On Sept. 19, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 set a new world record for electric vehicles when it achieved an average speed of 341.4 mph (with a top speed of 358), smashing the 307.6 mph mark set by its forebear, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5, in 2010.

Two Ohio State spinoffs headed to Silicon Valley's Plug and Play accelerator

Business First

October 14, 2016

Two Ohio State University spinoffs making hardware are headed to the three-month Plug and Play accelerator program in Silicon Valley in a group focused on the "internet of things."

Nikola Labs Inc., which harvests electricity from radiofrequency signals, and ProteoSense LLC, developing a handheld food-pathogen sensor, are among 24 startups chosen from some 800 applicants for the business development program at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, California.

Ohio State researcher says Hurricane Matthew could leave millions without power


October 6, 2016

A local researcher is predicting Hurricane Matthew could knock out power to seven million people. For the past 10 years he’s the guy Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and emergency management agencies call to help them be best prepared when huge storms hit.

Featured expert: Steven Quiring, professor of atmospheric sciences

ALSO: USA Today: Hurricane Matthew: Here's the latest forecast for the U.S.

Ohio State reveals plans for Mirror Lake restoration; work starts this week

The Columbus Dispatch

October 11, 2016

Ohio State University’s iconic Mirror Lake, long a concrete pond, will be restored to something closer to its historical form, university officials announced Tuesday.

It also will remain permanently off-limits to the Mirror Lake jump, a Michigan Week tradition which arose in the last few decades but never was sanctioned by the university. During last year’s event, a student died after diving in and breaking his neck.

ALSO: WOSU: Ohio State announces Mirror Lake restoration

ALSO: Dayton Daily NewsNo more jumping into Ohio State’s Mirror Lake

ALSO: WSYX and WKEFOhio State outlines plans to change Mirror Lake

ALSO: Business FirstOhio State renovating Mirror Lake to make it cleaner and safer (no more Michigan jump)

ALSO: Cleveland.comOhio State ending ‘Mirror Lake jump’ before Michigan game as part of restoration project

ALSO: Eleven WarriorsOhio State announces Mirror Lake restoration project and begins draining process

ALSO: WTVN-AM: Ben Johnson: About Mirror Lake

Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence wins state post

Business First

October 7, 2016

Ohio State University has enjoyed a long business relationship with Honda companies. The Japanese automaker, which arrived in Marysville in 1978 first to assemble motorcycles, regularly hires interns and graduates while partnering with Ohio State on research. But a lot of that research never found its way to commercial use. Eric Wagner, who worked in the university’s tech commercialization office, now is senior collaboration manager for the College of Engineering’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, or CDME, which sprouted a year ago after talks with Honda executives on how to improve business-university operations. The center has earned a big award from the Ohio Development Services Agency, an indication its mission is taking hold. 

Study: Ohio Farmers Doing ‘A Good Job Of Managing’ Phosphorus Levels


September 27, 2016

Leaders from Ohio’s largest grain farming organizations announced today that Ohio farmers are doing their part in effectively managing phosphorus and other nutrient runoff from their fields — a key to helping address the state’s complex algae issues, particularly in the western Lake Erie basin.

Featured expert: Elizabeth Dayton, soil scientist, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Columbus getting more cash as feds add $80M for Smart Cities programs

Business First

September 27, 2016

The federal government is allocating millions of additional dollars toward research into transportation, climate and public safety as part of the Obama administration's Smart Cities initiative.

The administration announced more than $80 million in funding to support projects across the country, including in Columbus, which in June won the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge.

Here are the initiatives affecting Columbus:

  • …Ohio State University is one of several schools to join the Big Data and Human Services Lab, whose goal is to connect policy and research efforts "that harness data-driven approaches to transform human services."

NYPA working with Ohio State on studying hurricane impact to transmission

Electric Light & Power

September 23, 2016

The New York Power Authority announced this week it will partner with Ohio State University to study the effects of hurricanes on transmission lines and towers. The ultimate goal is coming up with a more resilient power grid throughout the U.S. The three-year project is being funded by a $529,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Ohio State researchers will develop a new class of advanced computerized models and scaled three-dimensional “towers” to study the effects of powerful storms and provide new insights into various complex wind-induced behaviors of these systems.

Featured expert: Abdollah Shafieezadeh, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering

ALSO: Transmission & Distribution WorldNYPA Part of Hurricane Study Aimed at Strengthening Grid

Scientists Triple the Number of Known Viruses in the World's Oceans

The Weather Channel

September 23, 2016

An international research team has tripled the number of known types of viruses living in waters worldwide, which they say could help scientists understand the role viruses play in nature and how they can "bolster efforts to curb greenhouse gasses."

According to an OSU news brief, their work will likely have "far-reaching implications, including ultimately helping to preserve the environment through reducing excess carbon humans put into the atmosphere."

Featured experts: Matthew Sullivan, professor of microbiology, and Simon Roux, postdoctoral researcher

Greenland may be losing ice even faster than we thought

Washington Post

September 21, 2016

Rapidly melting Greenland may be shedding its ice even faster than anyone suspected, new research suggests. A study just out in the journal Science Advances finds that previous studies may have underestimated the current rate of mass loss on the Greenland ice sheet by about 20 billion tons per year.  

Featured expert: Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics and professor of earth sciences

ALSO: MSN: Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

ALSO: U.S. News & World Report: Study: Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

ALSO: Toronto StarGreenland is losing 18 trillion kilograms more ice a year than scientists thought

ALSO: CBCGreenland ice sheet melting 7% faster than believed, says new GPS study

ALSO: ABC News: Greenland Ice Loss 40 Trillion Pounds Bigger Than Thought

ALSO: The Guardian (UK)Greenland's huge annual ice loss is even worse than thought

ALSO: Popular ScienceAs its ice sheet melts, Greenland is rising faster than expected

ALSO: San Francisco ChronicleGreenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

ALSO: GristSong of Ice and Fire

ALSO: USA TodayGreenland's ice melting faster than we thought, study finds

ALSO: Associated Press via The Weather ChannelGreenland Loses 40 Trillion Pounds More Ice Each Year Than Previously Believed, Study Says

ALSO: Daily Mail: Greenland's ice is melting 7% faster than previously thought, shedding 40 TRILLION pounds more each year, study finds

ALSO: New York Post: Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than scientists thought

ALSO: Minneapolis Star Tribune: Science Briefs: Telescope Sees Plumes of Water Erupting from Europa

ALSO: Aussie News Network: Greenland Ice Melting Over 7% Faster Than Thought

Featured expert: Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics, professor of earth sciences

341 MPH Buckeye Bullet breaks its own electric-car speed record

The Columbus Dispatch

September 22, 2016

A sunny day in Utah, a dry salt track and the persistence of Ohio State University's ace team of student and graduate automotive electrical engineers combined to give the team its latest land-speed record for an electric vehicle. Racing across the Bonneville Salt Flats on Monday, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 hit an average speed of 341.4 mph, blowing past the previous record (its own) of 307.6 mph.

The new record was three years in coming. Crummy weather during the three previous years' trials have kept speeds down.

ALSO: Popular MechanicsElectric Dragster Sets Land Speed Record at 341 Mph

ALSO: Business FirstMorning Roundup: Buckeye Bullet sets landspeed record

ALSO: CNNVenturi's 'bullet car' smashes electric land-speed record

ALSO: Ars Technica: Venturi and The Ohio State University set new electric land speed record

ALSO: New Atlas: Venturi resets electric vehicle world speed record at 341 mph

ALSO: TopSpeed: Venturi VBB-3 Becomes The World's Fastest Electric Car

ALSO: CBS Evening News: New land-speed record for electric car

ALSO: Fox Sports: Venturi resets electric vehicle land-speed record at 341 mph

Drones joining Lake Erie algae research

Toledo Blade

September 10, 2016

Western Lake Erie may soon have its first drone patrolling algae from the sky, signaling a new era of NASA aerial surveillance for one of the world’s largest sources of fresh surface water. 

Wu Lu, an Ohio State University electrical and computer engineering professor, told 20 journalists attending an annual science writers’ workshop on OSU’s Gibraltar Island recently that he is close to developing an affordable, desktop device for water-treatment plant operators that he believes will be able to detect microcystin levels in real time.

Featured expert: Wu Lu, professor of electrical and computer engineering

EE Times Silicon 60: 2016's Emerging Companies to Watch

EE Times

Sept. 19, 2016

Ohio State startup Nikola Labs, which uses an energy harvesting system to return power to electronic devices, was named to the EE Times' Emerging Companies to Watch list.

The Era of Man: Scientists Discover New Bacteria Living Inside Fracking Wells


September 7, 2016

Ohio State University researchers may have just discovered a new organism that thrives in collected water fluids in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) wells.

Scientists may have found another “golden spike” which may signify the dawn of the human age of influence on the environment. Human activity may actually be creating new forms of life.

Featured expert: Kelly Wrighton, professor of microbiology and biophysics, and Rebecca Daly, research associated in microbiology

Prince Albert Tells Climate Deniers To 'Open Their Eyes'


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.

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