Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

June 5, 2018

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment News and Updates

Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Makes First Ohio State Stop June 7

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) will host the Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Roadshow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7. Test drive one of the newest electric vehicles on the market and learn more about Smart Columbus and the multi-modal transit options central Ohio has to offer. Learn more and reserve your time to test drive an electric vehicle.

Ohio State’s Smart Campus student organization, CAR, the Risk Institute, Transportation and Traffic Management and other university centers and departments will showcase their work related to Smart Cities and the many mobility options available at Ohio State. Smart Columbus is working to deploy more affordable, reliable and sustainable transportation options in Central Ohio. As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s first Smart City Challenge, Columbus received $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America’s Smart City. The initiative seeks to transform mobility in central Ohio and change what it’s like to live in our community. Ohio State is the primary research partner of Smart Columbus.

Ohio State Experts Address Energy Infrastructure Challenges

Weather, climate change and aging infrastructure have placed the U.S. in an expensive — and sometimes precarious — position when it comes to our electricity generation and distribution.

Experts from The Ohio State University and local communities examined the challenges May 18 at a daylong forum, Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate, hosted by the university and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The conference featured a presentation on the factors and statistics behind climate change as well as panel discussions on climate impacts on public health, public infrastructure and city planning.

The “Powering Tomorrow: Energy Infrastructure Changes” panel addressed energy production and supply, deregulation, emissions targets, aggregation, the smart grid and consumer actions. Ben Kessler, mayor of Bexley, moderated the discussion with these experts: Noah Dormady, assistant professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs; Steven Quiring, a professor of atmospheric sciences in the Department of Geography; Abdollah Shafieezadeh, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering; and Jim Schimmer, director of Franklin County Economic Development and Planning.

Did you miss the conference? Details and presentations are available online.

AEP Ohio Supports Ohio State Electric Power Grid Research

AEP Ohio presented a $250,000 grant to Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor J.K. Wang for her research on cyber-resilient power grids. Wang leads Ohio State’s Electric Power Grid Research Group, which investigates cyber, physical and economic issues that are relevant to the grid-level integration of energy and power delivery.

Ohio Hospital Association Honors Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has received a 2018 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership award, reflecting the hospital’s leadership in environmental excellence. This award, from the Ohio Hospital Association, recognizes hospitals and health systems that demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship through implementing waste reduction programs, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations.

University Honors Sustainability Faculty

Congratulations to faculty experts in sustainability-related fields who were lauded this spring with university awards:

Distinguished University Professor: Steven Ringel, electrical and computer engineering; associate vice president for research; and executive director, Institute for Materials Research.

Distinguished Teaching Awards: Bartow J. Elmore, history, and Suzanne Marie Gray, aquatic ecology and management

Distinguished Scholar Award: William Berry Lyons, earth sciences

ARPA-E Funding Announced for Energy Storage

ARPA-E has announced up to $30 million in funding for projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS). DAYS project teams will build innovative technologies to enable long-duration energy storage on the power grid, providing reliable electricity for 10 to approximately 100 hours. DAYS teams will develop energy storage systems that are deployable in almost any location and discharge electricity at a per-cycle cost target much lower than what is possible in systems available today. The Notice of Intent deadline is June 15.

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Request for Proposals: Agricultural Use of Dredged Material from Ohio’s Toledo Harbor

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission seeks proposals for the Lake Erie Protection Fund to study and inform agricultural uses of Toledo Harbor dredged material and seeks proposals to access the Center of Dredge Innovation located in Toledo, Ohio. The commission is specifically looking for research to determine the benefits and appropriateness of applying Toledo Harbor dredged material to farm fields in Northwest Ohio. Possible submissions might consider research in the areas of crop yield evaluation, field dewatering techniques, quality or nutrient evaluation, material application or incorporation techniques, and nutrient containment techniques.

Available Research Field:

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, using Heathy Lake Erie Funds, recently completed construction of a farm field dredge research site, called the Center of Dredge Innovation. Located on the western bank of the Maumee River, the 10-acre site consists of four cells (filled with 70,000 cubic yards of dredged material) and two edge of field treatment cells. The facility is now available for farm field research.

Available Grants:

Projects of up to $50,000 will be considered for funding through the Lake Erie Protection Fund, with funding available through December of 2019. All projects require a 25% match and indirect costs are limited to 10%. For projects awarded under this Lake Erie Protection Fund RFP, proposals may request a grant period up to 18 months if needed to encompass a full growing season. Proposals are due Aug. 3 and will be awarded at the September 2018 Commission meeting. Contact: David Emerman, 330-963-1283.

Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

Could Clean Coal Actually Become A Reality?


May 31, 2018

Featured expert: Dr. Liang-Shih Fan, distinguished university professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering

Wanted: Innovative farmers to help slow algal bloom on Lake Erie

Christian Science Monitor

May 30, 2018

Featured expert: Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science

FactCheck: Scientist schools congressmen on climate

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 25, 2018

Featured expert: Santiago de la Peña, researcher who studies glacier dynamics

Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who's paying

E&E News: Energywire

May 31, 2018

Featured expert: Ned Hill, professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs and College of Engineering

The EPA & Climate Change Denial

WOSU All Sides

May 22, 2018

Featured expert: panelist Erik Nesbit, professor of communication

Gut feeling: Is climate change altering our gut microbes?

We blame a lot on global warming — but science might not be ready to indict it for tummy troubles


May 17, 2018

Featured expert: story mentions study connecting climate change with moose microbiome

Biology: One hope for controlling ever-growing carbon dioxide levels: the humble leaf

The Columbus Dispatch

May 13, 2018

Featured expert: Steve Rissing, professor of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Algal blooms harder to control because of climate change, other factors, data shows

Toledo Blade

May 2, 2018

Featured expert: Jiyoung Lee, associate professor of environmental health sciences

Upcoming Events

EPN Breakfast Field Trip: Mechanicsburg, Ohio, June 12

Join us in celebrating food, environmental sustainability and community with our friends in Mechanicsburg to share and learn about the food sustainability efforts of In Good Taste Catering, The Hive, and Hemisphere Coffee Roasters.

Forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie 2018, July 12

The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant will host NOAA’s annual Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms Forecast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at Stone Lab.