Research News

Ohio State University accepts Paw of Approval

03/22/13 – On Friday, March 22, Polar Bears International (PBI) presented The Ohio State University with a Paw of Approval Award at a ceremony held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Read more.

Efficiency, Conservation Project Receives $7.1 Million from OAQDA

02/12/13 – Ohio State has received $7.1 million in bond funding from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, in support of a five-building energy efficiency and conservation infrastructure upgrade project. Read more.

EPA Recognizes Ohio State Among Nation’s Leading Green Power Purchasers

02/12/13 – The Ohio State University has increased its ranking to No. 2 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Top 20 College & University list of the largest green power purchasers. Read more.

Ohio State’s Columbus Campus Rated “Silver” for Sustainability

02/12/13 – Ohio State has received a sustainability ranking of "silver" from the STARS system, through AASHE. Read more.

Ohio State University, West Virginia University Create Partnership for Shale Energy Research

02/11/13 – Ohio State 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. Read more.

Geothermal Drilling Complete; Final Phase Under Way

02/11/13 – The South High Rise construction project has reached a major milestone, completing the drilling for all 264 geothermal wells in the South Oval. Read more.

New Coal Technology Harnesses Energy Without Burning, Nears Pilot-Scale Development

02/08/13 – A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a research-scale combustion system at Ohio State University. Read more.

Buckeyes Who Aim To Break 400-mph Barrier Featured In 'Scientific American'

02/05/13 – Buckeyes interested in motorsports have likely heard of the world-record-breaking alternative fuel car known as the Buckeye Bullet. Now, the world-at-large will learn even more about the latest iteration of the car known as the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB3), thanks to an article that appears in the February 2013 print edition of 'Scientific American' magazine (pages 56-61). Read more.

Congressman Bill Johnson Tours Center for Automotive Research

01/31/13 – U.S. Representative Bill Johnson, (Ohio Sixth District) toured Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research to learn the latest research developments in transportation. Read more.

Successful 200+ Hour Continuous Operation of Coal-Direct Chemical Looping Combustion Technology

01/29/13 – The Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL) is an advanced oxy-combustion carbon capture technology for coal-fired power plants. This demonstration represents the first long-term integrated operation of any chemical looping technology in the world. Read more.

Ohio State to Conduct CNG Comprehensive Study

01/23/13 – Ohio State's Subsurface Energy Resource Center, Office of Energy and Environment and Center for Automotive Research awarded a total of $75,000 in seed funding to university researchers to begin a comprehensive policy study of alternative fuels use in Ohio, with an initial focus on compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG). Read more.

OARDC Awarded $6.5 Million Grant for Biomass Research

01/23/13 – Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) received $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy to test and expand a university-developed technology that can produce biogas from a variety of solid organic wastes and bioenergy crops. Read more.

Sega Visits Akron Roundtable to Highlight Ohio Energy Potential

01/21/13 – From the Akron Beacon Journal: Ronald M. Sega’s talk Thursday to the Akron Roundtable was a bit of a homecoming. Sega, a former astronaut who twice flew in a space shuttle, was born in Northfield and graduated from Nordonia High School (Class of 1970) before going to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Read more.

Coal Plant Byproduct, If Spread on Farms, Could Fight Lake Erie Algae

01/08/13 – Researchers find that applying fluidized gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum to crop fields can keep soluble phosphorus, which feeds the algae, from getting washed from the soil by heavy rains and then running off into streams and rivers and eventually into the lake. Read more.

Ohio State Earns 2012 National Diversion Rate Title

01/07/13 – The university was named Diversion Rate Champion for the 2012 Game Day Challenge, a national stadium recycling competition. Read more.

Study: New Factor Could Limit Life of Hybrid, Electric Car Batteries

12/17/12 – As the batteries age, lithium builds up in the “current collector,” a sheet of copper that facilitates electron transfer between the electrodes and the car’s electrical system. Read more.

Ohio State Researchers Awarded $1.6 Million for Clean Coal Research

10/29/12 – Researchers at The Ohio State University will use a $1.6 million state grant to verify their findings that coal byproducts can be used to reclaim abandoned mining sites. Read more.

New Course on Sustainable Energy and Society Offered Spring 2013

10/22/12 – Learn more about how energy is created and used in today’s society in “Sustainable Energy and Society,” ECE 2194.01. Read more.

University Team Uses Campus as Test Bed to Seek Ecological Synergies

10/12/12 – Ohio State is investing in a scientific study to improve the efficiency and sustainability of campus operations by working in harmony with the surrounding ecosystems. Read more.

Lightening the Load for Manufacturers: Ohio State Student Design Project May Lead to Lighter, More Energy Efficient Cars

10/02/12 – Shipping pallets, those slatted platforms that fill warehouses, are intended to move heavy loads, not people Read more.