Ohio State Energy in the News

The Latest Hybrid: A Solar Cell That’s Also a Battery


October 8, 2014

There's a lot to like about solar power: It's clean, it's getting less expensive, and it's probably the most sustainable form of energy available. But conventional solar cells have their drawbacks, and one is that up to 20 percent of the Sun's energy they capture is lost when the electrons move from the solar panel to its storage battery. Now a team of researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) working under Yiying Wu, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has devised a hybrid solar battery that not only can capture solar energy but store virtually all the energy it collects.

Featured expert: Yiying Wu, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Ohio State heralds rechargeable solar battery

The Columbus Dispatch

October 3, 2014

Featured expert: Yiying Wu, professor of chemistry and biochemistry

ALSO: San Francisco Chronicle,via Associated Press: OSU researchers build rechargeable solar battery

ALSO: WBNS-TV: OSU researchers build rechargeable solar battery

ALSO: R&D Magazine: Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

ALSO: NBC News – Online: World's First 'Solar Battery' Captures and Stores Sun's Energy

ALSO: Discovery Channel - Online: 'Breathing Battery' Runs on Light and Air

ALSO: Daily Kos: Upcoming solar storage parity in Germany represents threat to fossil fuel based generation

ALSO: Christian Science Monitor: Scientists invent first rechargeable solar battery

ALSO: UPI: Researchers build first rechargeable solar battery

ALSO: Gizmodo: This Cheap, New Solar Cell Doubles As a Battery

ALSO: Gizmag: World's first solar battery claimed to "run on light and air"

ALSO: TechTimes: World's first solar battery promises to reduce cost by 'breathing': Here's how

ALSO: Inhabitat: Ohio Scientists Invent World's First Rechargeable Solar Battery

ALSO: Green Car Congress: OSU hybrid “solar battery” uses photo-assisted charging to improve performance of Li-air batteries; “negative overpotential”

Ohio State conference focuses on growing industry of plant-based products

Columbus Business First

October 3, 2014

How soybeans got into Ford seat cushions and how Office Depot got named a top green retailer are among topics at the first-ever industry conference focusing on increasing use and consumer adoption of plant-based and other biological products.

Competitions create next generation of clean-car engineers

Midwest Energy News

October 1, 2014

Working on energy-efficient cars at the college level can be a route to a career in the Michigan auto industry. That’s what generations of students participating in the United States Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions have discovered over the past 26 years.

….. Intensive mentoring is also part of the competition. Shawn Midlam-Mohler, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Ohio State University, says his team has their mentor from MathWorks “on speed dial.”

Buckeye Current’s TT Triumph


October, 2014

The Ohio State University reprised its third-place finish in the 2014 TT Zero for all-electric motorcycles, beatine some of the pros on the world’s toughest race circuit.

Annual Green Energy Ohio tour kicks off Sept. 30 at Ohio State

This Week

September 30, 2014

The largest Green Energy Ohio event showcasing “green” initiatives at homes, businesses, farms and a metro park will takes place this week.

The Central Region Tour kicks off at Ohio State University from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today (Sept. 30), with a tour of the new OSU enCORE solar home and presentation on the Block O rooftop solar array and other OSU green energy programs and central Ohio sites.

Ohio Officials Earmark Money To Reduce Lake Erie Algae Threat


September 29, 2014

…Within weeks of the water crisis in Toledo, state government and Ohio State University announced plans to spend $3,000,000 to help avert a similar incident.

“It’s a tough nut to crack…” says Bruce McPheron, dean of OSU’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences. “because people want to turn on their tap and get clean water.

AEP Energy Installs Solar Power at Ohio State

GEO News Magazine (Fall 2014 edition, p. 14)

September 24, 2014

The Ohio State University and AEP Energy have partnered to install a solar array on the roof of Ohio State's Student Life Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC). This new 101-kilowatt solar array was built, funded and is operated by AEP Energy.

Sound construction of wells will protect water, researchers find

Columbus Dispatch (Editorial)

September 22, 2014

A study led by an Ohio State University scientist and published in a national journal last Monday has good news for Ohio’s economy: If done correctly, the method of drilling for oil and gas known as horizontal fracking, which is fueling a jobs-and-energy boom, doesn’t pose a danger to drinking-water supplies. But the study’s findings also imply a serious responsibility: … Ohio must be vigilant in enforcing up-to-date regulations on how wells are constructed.

Well Leaks, Not Fracking, Are Linked to Fouled Water

New York Times

September 15, 2014

Featured expert: lead study author Thomas Darrah, professor of earth sciences

ALSO: Huffington Post: Contaminated Water Caused By Leaky Wells, Not Fracking Process, Study Says

ALSO: Washington Post: Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

ALSO: Daily Mail (UK): Contaminated water was NOT caused by fracking: Study finds leaky wells are to blame for tainted supplies

ALSO: Wall Street Journal: Fracking Report Cites Bad Wells for Tainted Water

ALSO: US News & World Report: Tainted water in Pennsylvania, Texas from leaky gas wells, not fracking itself, study says

ALSO: NBC News: Experts Trace Tainted Water to Leaky Wells, Not Fracking

All-Electric 'Buckeye Bullet' Shoots for 400 MPH


September 10, 2014

An engineering team from Ohio State University (OSU) has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.

The Venturi Buckeye Bullet team plans to draw on the power of eight battery packs for a period of about 90 seconds to accelerate its vehicle from zero to 400 mph across a six-mile stretch of Utah salt flats next summer.

Scientists give Brown a lesson in algae blooms

Senator discusses economic effects of an unhealthy lake

Toledo Blade

September 6, 2014

Scientists from Ohio State University and Heidelberg University gave U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) a tutorial Friday in why algae blooms are filling up Lake Erie’s western basin.

Featured experts: Jay Martin, professor of ecological engineering, Stuart Ludsin, associate professor of the department of evolution, ecology, and organizational biology

Buckeye Current’s TT triumph

SAE International

September 4, 2014

We huddled in a tight circle by the finish line, frantically waiting for radio updates on the progress of our team’s rider, Rob “Bullet” Barber, who was miles in the distance and closing fast. Our 11-person team of student engineers and support crew from The Ohio State University could hardly breathe as we got the report: Barber was battling for third place—a podium finish—in the TT Zero class for electric racing motorcycles at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.

Supercomputing Propels Record-Setting Supercar

HPC Wire

September 2, 2014

Engineering students from Ohio State University have designed another record-setting vehicle, thanks in large part to the advanced computing resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team set an international land speed record last week at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah.

Solar Decathlon Leads To Patent-Pending Technology & Career

Clean Technica

August 28, 2014

Matthew O’Kelly participated twice in the Solar Decathlon—first as the HVAC engineer for The Ohio State University (OSU) 2009 team and then as the project engineer for the OSU 2011 team, according to Carol Laurie for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Since then, O’Kelly has not only established a successful design career but also been instrumental in developing a patent-pending technology that began with the OSU 2011 competition house.

Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber


August 20, 2014

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, professor of horticulture and crop science

ALSO: The New York Times: Tyre Makers Race to Turn Dandelions Into Rubber

Transportation Insider: Ohio State electric-vehicle team may top 310 mph

The Columbus Dispatch

August 18, 2014

Members of an Ohio State University team plan to drive more than four times the highest legal speed limit.

The students probably won’t get a ticket, though. Maybe a trophy.

Ohio State to refill Mirror Lake with water from new well

The Columbus Dispatch

August 13, 2014

Water buried deep under Ohio State University will start flowing into Mirror Lake today as workers refill the scenic campus fixture for the first time since last year.

Ohio State drained the lake in December to look for a new water source after finding that it took 50,000 gallons a day, bought from the city, to fill the leaky lake.

Transportation Insider: Heavier Buckeye Bullet still blazing fast

The Columbus Dispatch

September 8, 2014

The Buckeye Bullet set a (pending) land-speed record last month while traveling about 100 mph slower than its last mark.

When the team at Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research set its last record by traveling 307.6 mph in 2010, the Buckeye Bullet 2.5 vehicle weighed about 4,000 pounds.

Farm Science Review set for next week near London

The Columbus Dispatch

September 8, 2014

High corn, wheat and soybean yields and their effects on prices will be discussed at one of the informational sessions planned at the 2014 Farm Science Review, to be held Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.

Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist, will be the featured speaker on that topic at “question the authorities” sessions to be held several times in the first two days of the event.