Ohio State Energy in the News

Driving on eggshells: Researchers develop way to make TIRES from ground up food waste (and tomato peels will give them a reddish hue)

Daily Mail

May 19, 2017

Researchers have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in producing tires for more than a century.

The team found that substituting different portions of filler with ground eggshells and tomato peels allowed them to create the same synergistic effects – the rubber retained its flexibility.

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials


$20M federal grant supports new Great Lakes research center

Associated Press

May 18, 2017

The University of Michigan is establishing a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes.

Other academic partners include Central Michigan University, Cornell University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Windsor and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Go west, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change

Associated Press

May 18, 2017

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.

The eastern white pine is going west, more than 80 miles (130 kilometers) since the early 1980s. The eastern cottonwood has been heading 77 miles north (124 kilometers), according to the research based on about three decades of forest data.

Featured expert: Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics


Ohio farmers put conservation to test

Farm and Dairy

May 16, 2017

…The farms include three privately owned farms: Stateler Farms, a 600-acre grain farm in Hancock County, with a 7,200-head wean-to-finish swine operation; Kurt Farms, a 470-acre grain farm in Hardin County; and Kellogg Farms, a 5,000-acre grain farm, also in Hardin County.

The three farms are collectively known as the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms, and are part of a five-year on-farm research project that includes researchers from USDA and Ohio State University.


New Ohio State leaders dedicate cutting edge ATI greenhouse

Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net

May 15, 2017

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) officially dedicated its newest greenhouse addition this past week, noting the top-of-the-line features and opportunities it looks to offer students and researchers.

New and returning administrators, faculty, and all-around supporters of the Wooster campus turned out to welcome the long-awaited structure.


BGSU professor to examine wastewater for plastic pollution

Toledo Blade

May 4, 2017

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission today agreed to grant John Farver, a Bowling Green State University geology professor, $14,930 to hunt down tiny bits of plastic barely visible to the human eye, such as plastics used in clothing fibers, that make their way into wastewater.

…In other action, the commission approved another $15,000 for Kevin King, an Ohio State University agricultural researcher, to continue studies into whether gypsum can effectively remove phosphorus if applied to farm fields.


Ohio State Snags $1 billion in Mammoth Energy Management Deal

Ohio State University will turn its energy management for the next five decades over to ENGIE North America in what may the largest such deal ever in America -- a harbinger of sweeping changes coming to the electric power business.

Energy Times

May 4, 2017

Ohio State University has taken the pursuit of energy improvements to another level. The school has entered into a 50-year agreement with a French-based energy company that will provide the school more than $1 billion immediately and give the private company control of the heating and cooling systems in the 485 facilities on the Columbus campus.


Student group collects, recycles discarded items to eliminate waste from OSU moving day

WSYX-TV
May 2, 2017

You'll spot stacks of rugs, leftover lights and laundry bins piled in residence halls across campus.

Many Ohio State students can't fit or don't need all their dorm rooms items, so in the past, that went to a landfill.

For years, Students for Recycling has collected these items left by students moving out as part of their 'Dump and Run' program.

ALSO: WCMH-TV: OSU aims for zero waste during student move-out


Carmakers, researchers on alert as Trump plans review of fuel standards

The Columbus Dispatch

April 30, 2017

Addressing Michigan auto workers last month, President Donald Trump won applause when he said he would consider changing fuel-economy standards for new cars and trucks.
For auto researchers, such as those at Ohio State University, the reaction stopped short of celebration.

Featured experts: Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research, and Greg Jankord, Ph.D student in mechanical engineering and EcoCar team member


OSU Researchers Discover Food Waste Perfect for Filling Tires

The News Wheel

April 29, 2017

The universal law that opposites attract has been proven once again by researchers from The Ohio State University (OSU) who have discovered that organic material and car tires make quite the pair.

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials


New Ohio State transit hubs, parking spots taking shape as Cannon Drive construction nears

Business First

April 26, 2017

Changes are coming to Ohio State University’s transportation system in advance of a major shifting of one of its main roads. New transit hubs and additional parking spots on west campus are among the new developments planned for the straightening and rising of Cannon Drive in September.


Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D.: U.S. investment in research leads to innovations

The Columbus Dispatch (op-ed)

April 26, 2017

Members of Congress returned to Washington this week with a dilemma: Reach an agreement on funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year or risk a government shutdown. While the potential for a short-term funding resolution is possible, the negotiations and decisions made this week about how to prioritize federal spending are likely a harbinger of what is to come when Congress quickly shifts its focus to next year’s budget. As such, the implications of these funding decisions could have an impact on our nation for years to come.

Featured expert: column author Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research and professor in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity


OSU students tell bike-rental stations where to go

ThisWeek Community News

April 25, 2017

A group of graduate and undergraduate students in the city and regional planning program of Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture last week offered their recommendations for expanding the CoGo bike-sharing system.

… “I’m extremely proud of the work the students have done this semester,” Chad D. Gibson, lecturer for the program and a senior planning officer in Upper Arlington’s Community Development Department, said at the outset of the April 18 presentation at Knowlton Hall.


Time-lapse photos show just how quickly the world's glaciers are disappearing

Popular Science

April 22, 2017

… That's what a new report from the Geological Society of America is trying to convey. In an article titled Savor the Cryosphere, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University and the nonprofit organization the Extreme Ice Survey have attempted to document and convey, through stunning time-lapse photography, videos, and multimedia, the scale of glacial demise and the gravity of what we're losing.


New York International Auto Show Features World's Fastest Electric Car

WABC-TV

April 14, 2017

The world's fastest electric car is on display at the New York International Auto Show, and it's helping to teach kids what's possible.
Parked in the yard of the Village Community School, students are getting first-hand lessons in the technology, design and potential of the Buckeye Bullet 3, the world's fastest electric car.
Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research has teamed with Venturi Automobile, a European electric car manufacturer, to develop the Buckeye Bullet.


Engie hoping Ohio State deal first of many U.S. energy contracts

Business First

April 14, 2017

Ohio State University could be the first domino to fall for a French energy company that wants to manage energy for institutions across the U.S. Engie SA and a partner last week won rights to run the university’s heating, power and cooling systems for 50 years. It will pay $1.17 billion, most of it up front, for the contract. Engie executives think that if the company can prove itself, the deal could pay off many times over. They view the agreement as the start of a long-term effort to entice cities, colleges, school districts and hospitals in America to follow in Ohio State’s footsteps.


Ohio State University endowment reaps $1 billion for 50-year energy contract

Chief Investment Officer

April 14, 2017

Ohio State University’s board of trustees has approved a 50-year agreement with Ohio State Energy Partners that will contribute an upfront payment of $1.015 billion to the university’s endowment. It is the largest single investment to date toward Ohio State’s academic mission. Ohio State Energy Partners, which is comprised of energy company ENGIE North America and investment firm Axium Infrastructure, will operate the systems that power, heat, and cool the university’s Columbus campus. It will also install energy conservation measures throughout the campus to meet the university’s sustainability goals.


Engie, Axium win energy management contract with Ohio State

University Business

April 13, 2017

Energy business management firm Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure have been awarded a $1.165 billion comprehensive energy management contract by the Ohio State University.

Under the 50-year concession, the two companies will help address the university’s energy sustainability goals for its 485-building campus in Columbus, Ohio.


Ohio State's new energy company could build 60-megawatt natural gas power plant on campus

Business First

April 13, 2017

A new natural-gas power plant could come to Ohio State University’s campus as part of its new energy management deal.

Engie, the energy company that last week won the leasing rights to Ohio State’s energy for the next 50 years, could build a 60-megawatt facility in between Ohio Stadium and the McCracken power plant.


Sudden Impact

FF Journal

April 13, 2017

A new welding technique joins temperamental high-strength alloys without changing their base properties. The technique holds promise for automakers looking for advanced high-strength steels to help them tackle multi-material vehicle designs and lightweighting challenges. The sustainable metals pair exceptional strength with reduced mass, are affordable, crash resistant and can add muscle to thin-gauge or fatigue-sensitive parts.

Featured experts: Glenn Daehn, professor of materials science and engineering and Anupam Vivek, research scientist


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