Ohio State Energy in the News

The 30-Under-30 In Energy


January 5, 2015

And then there’s Xiaodi Ren, a chemist at Ohio State, and the other cofounders of KAir Energy Systems, which is commercializing a potassium-air battery that offers exceptional energy efficiency and three times the capacity of leading lithium-ion batteries at an expected cost of less than $90 per kWh.

$148M materials manufacturing institute run by OSU, EWI, University of Michigan opens Thursday

Business First

January 13, 2015

A $148 million advanced manufacturing institute run by two Ohio heavyweights and the University of Michigan opens this week.

The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute,announced last February by President Barack Obama, debuts Thursday in Corktown, a Detroit neighborhood near its downtown.

Ohio State seeks bike-share service

The Columbus Dispatch

January 8, 2015

Ohio State University wants to bring bike-sharing to campus at the same time that CoGo, a Downtown bike-sharing service, wants to expand north toward the university. Whether they team up will depend on a competitive bidding process that’s set to end this month.

Ohio State ag economist: Feeding the world after 2050

Ag Professional

Dec. 20, 2014

Featured expert: Douglas Southgate, professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Algae battle is a challenge

Science is still trying to catch up with the increase in toxic blooms

Columbus Dispatch - Opinion

Dec. 29, 2014

Featured expert:Bruce A. McPheron, vice president and dean for agricultural administration

ATI students find success with two-year bioenergy program

Farm and Dairy

December 24, 2014

Cody Bower knows his way around the Wooster wastewater treatment plant.

Bower, a 21-year-old student at the Agricultural Technical Institute, has been working at the plant since August of 2013. Before that, he was a student intern.

EPA grant targets runoff feeding Lake Erie algae

Associated Press

December 15, 2014

Ohio’s environmental regulators are handing out a grant that will be aimed at reducing farm runoff that contributes to algae in Lake Erie. The Ohio State University Extension Service will get $42,000 for a project that is designed to benefit crops and reduce runoff by changing how farmers use manure on growing fields in the late spring and early summer.

Adequate supply of drinking water becoming major concern around the world, expert tells Akron Roundtable

Akron Beacon Journal

December 12, 2014

Access to a sufficient supply of clean water has become a major problem in the United States and around the globe, an Ohio State University researcher told an Akron audience Thursday. There are 900 million people around the world without access to clean drinking water and 2.5 billion people who are in need of sanitation systems, Marty Kress said at a meeting of the Akron Roundtable, and most Americans have no idea the scope of the growing problem. Kress, an assistant vice president and research business developer at OSU, is spearheading a new initiative at Ohio State to boost drinking water availability and supplies in countries like Tanzania in East Africa.

As dorms empty, Goodwill helps manage mess

Special bins at, near OSU will help keep clothes, electronics, more out of landfills

This Week News

December 12, 2014

Goodwill Columbus and Ohio State University's Office of Student Life have partnered to give students a way to responsibly dispose of their unwanted materials as the fall semester ends. The BuckeyeClothesOut encourages students to place clothing, household goods and electronics in one of 24 bins set up on or near campus.

Transportation Insider: Ohio State students see light rail costing $740 million

Columbus Dispatch

December 8, 2014

Building two light-rail lines in Columbus would cost about $740 million, according to an estimate by a group of Ohio State University students. The students in the university’s city and regional planning department studied the possibility of light-rail lines and presented their findings to the Jobs, Expansion and Transportation Task Force that Mayor Michael B. Coleman formed this year.

Researchers say state tree may not thrive in Ohio

Columbus Dispatch

Nov 24, 2014

Buckeye trees have thrived in Ohio because of this state’s particular mix of temperatures and moisture in the air, Roger Williams said. But climate change, the average warming of the Earth, could make Ohio’s environment less hospitable to buckeyes. As a result, the trees probably would do better to the north in a climate similar to that of Ohio now.

Featured expert: Roger Williams, associated professor, forest management

Is the U.S. Really Close To Energy Independence?


November 13, 2014

Featured Expert: Noah Dormady

Ohio State, WVU sharing federal grant for shale research lab

Columbus Business First

November 7, 2014

The Ohio State University will help West Virginia University conduct what WVU says is the first long-term, comprehensive field study of shale gas sites.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the universities a five-year, $11 million grant to establish a new field site and research lab in Morgantown, West Virginia, the school said.

WVU, Ohio State to lead $11 million field study on shale gas

State Journal

November 7, 2014

West Virginia University and The Ohio State University will be leading a consortium of researchers and industrial partners in conducting a long-term comprehensive field study on natural gas.

During the five-year project, an $11 million agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers will create and manage the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory, a field site and dedicated research laboratory at the Morgantown Industrial Park.

President Drake: Ohio State needs to stay true to roots, serve working class

The Columbus Dispatch

October 31, 2014

Dr. Michael V. Drake has been asked repeatedly about his vision for Ohio State University since he took over as president four months ago. He’s still working on an answer.

But at his annual address to the University Senate yesterday, Drake gave a glimpse of what he sees for Ohio State, drawing heavily on the past.

AEP Energy asks regulators to certify Block O solar array at Ohio State University

Columbus Business First

October 31, 2014

Buckeye fans soon could get a bit of their power from solar panels arranged at Ohio State University in a Block O formation.

AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP), has asked regulators to certify its solar array atop the Recreation and Physical Activities Center as an Ohio renewable energy generating facility.

Ohio State might offer lease to manage its utilities

The Columbus Dispatch

October 29, 2014

Ohio State University is looking at ways to make money from something that would ordinarily be one of its fastest-growing costs: energy.

The idea, disclosed yesterday to faculty leaders, would involve an outside company signing a long-term lease to manage utility and lighting systems.

Taking the Carbon Out of Coal

Real Clear Politics

October 27, 2014

According to an economic analysis Ohio State helped to conduct, coal-direct chemical looping could capture 96.5 percent of the carbon released during the process while increasing the cost of electricity by 28.8 percent. This falls within the Department of Energy's guidelines for carbon-capture development projects, which require at least 90 percent capture for at most a 35 percent cost increase.

Featured expert: Analysis by L.S. Fan, professor of engineering

How the government makes water problems worse

Detroit News

October 24, 2014

Featured expert: Op-Ed written by Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics

Mopeds now, grid later for OSU-invented KAir battery

Business First

October 24, 2014

The founder of Pinnacle Data Systems Inc. is working to bring to market battery technology from Ohio State University that he hopes can grow into a much bigger venture.