Ohio State Energy in the News

Unwanted Greenhouse Gas Could Boost Geothermal Power Output

Environmental News Service

December 27, 2013

Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide, CO2, underground – and use the greenhouse gas in liquid form as a tool to boost electric power generation 10-fold in geothermal power plants.

Teams of researchers at the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are collaborating on using CO2 in its liquid form as a supplemental fluid in geothermal power plants.

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity?

Lab Manager Magazine

December 16, 2013

Featured expert: Jeffrey Bielicki, assistant professor of energy policy in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs

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Team Gemini’s waste-to-energy project near SWACO grows to $420M

Columbus Business First

December 16, 2013

A Florida development company plans to start construction soon on a $420 million green energy and recycling industrial park with a long-term goal to divert all the waste going to the Franklin County landfill.

Featured expert: Dennis Hall, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, which has consulted on the project

Ohio State drains Mirror Lake amid study on how to reduce costs

The Columbus Dispatch

December 3, 2013

Ohio State University has emptied Mirror Lake as it seeks ways to make the landmark less of a fiscal and environmental drain.

The university replenishes the lake at a rate of about 50,000 gallons per day — 18.25 million gallons per year — through a water system at nearby Pomerene Hall, a spokeswoman said.

First horizontal Utica shale permits granted

Morgan County Herald

November 27, 2013

Ohio’s Utica shale has created approximately 550 millionaires in Carroll County, according to OSU Extension Education Chris Penrose.

Farm-scale anaerbic digesters are what's needed next, OSU Dean says

Columbus Business First

November 26, 2013

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Bruce McPheron said some of the most-important research is on how to scale down the size of digesters to make them affordable for livestock farms of moderate size.

Cleveland Browns team up with Quasar Energy to turn stadium food waste into energy

Business First

November 25, 2013

The Cleveland Browns’ lopsided loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday wasn’t a total waste for the National Football League franchise.

… Quasar is a partner in the project with Dairy Management Inc., InSinkErator, Ohio State University and others.

Cleveland Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium to divert tons of food waste from landfills into sustainable energy

The Plain Dealer

November 21, 2013

Ohio State University plans to turn waste from the Cleveland Browns' stadium into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.That's right. The Cleveland Browns want to become a more sustainable organization. And Ohio State University, which knows a thing or two about sustainability and football, will lend a hand.

Featured expert: Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

An unconventional car: No engine, no transmission, no differential

Gizmodo UK

November 19, 2013

Featured expert: Junmin Wang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and founder of the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations

AIChE On Location blog

November 13, 2013

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers features the work of Bhavik Bakshi, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, in a blog about how Techno-Ecological Synergy can mitigate undesirable outputs from manufacturing and processing operations.

OSU Groups' Message: Development And The Environment Can Co-Exist

The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian

November 8, 2013

Presenting his view of the contentious position -- either pro or con -- many people take when the oil and gas industry is in the conversation, Jeff Daniels, director of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center at Ohio State University, said the complexities of shale energy are high stakes, combined with national energy and environmental issues, which lead to social, economic and security responsibilities.

Butterfly Wings May Improve Airplane Wings

Inside Science

November 5, 2013

The lab-made texture based on the butterfly wings can reduce drag by up to 15 percent. This type of surface helps air or water flow easier, something that could help ships and planes move faster and more efficiently. 

Featured expert: Bharat Bhushan, professor of mechanical engineering

Looking for answers in OSU's Discovery Themes

Wooster Daily Record

November 4, 2013

Ohio State University's decision to focus on food production and security, health and wellness and energy and environment over the next 10 years will benefit the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. These three "grand challenges of the future" make up OSU's Discovery Themes, and they align perfectly with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, of which OARDC is a part, said Bruce McPheron, the dean of the college and a vice president of the university.

WVU, Ohio State researchers get $2M for shale work

Associated Press

October 31, 2013

Researchers from Ohio State and West Virginia universities have won a combined $2 million grant to study microbial biodiversity in underground shale-gas formations.

The bulk of the National Science Foundation award, $1.65 million, goes to Ohio State.

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Public to get a look at eco-friendly Ohio State home

The Columbus Dispatch

October 20, 2013

A small lakeside home on the Ohio State University campus might provide a window into the future of homebuilding.

The house, which will be open to the public on Tuesday, was Ohio State’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, an international contest for energy-efficient homes.

From tar to thyme: Green roof sprouting on Ohio State’s ag campus

Farm and Dairy

Oct. 14, 2013

Ohio State University’s first publicly accessible green roof is open to visitors at Howlett Hall on the campus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The green roof, or rooftop garden, is part of the university’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.

Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute—Includes Renewable Energy/Bioenergy Specialization Associate of Science Degree

Advanced Biofuels USA

Oct. 9, 2013

Although biofuels certainly provide bioenergy, they remain a bit outside the usual use of the term, bioenergy. That said, the bioenergy degree at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute can provide the foundation for a career in transportation fuel biorefineries and related biochemical and bioproducts production, even though it is not currently promoted as such.

Ohio State rooftop garden finally growing

The Columbus Dispatch

October 5, 2013

The new rooftop garden at Howlett Hall — off Woody Hayes Drive on the Ohio State University campus — has been almost a half-century in the making.

Shale exploration’s ripple effect expected to boost area economy

Times Reporter

October 3, 2013

While many residents of Tuscarawas County may not see a direct benefit from the current oil and gas boom, they should see indirect benefits in the years to come. 

Featured expert: Chris Zoller, Tuscarawas County’s Ohio State University Extension director for agriculture

Electric Vehicle Goes How Fast?


October 1, 2013

French automaker Venturi Automobiles plans to beat the World land speed record for electric vehicles with its new VBB-3.Unveiled earlier this month at Wendover airfield in Utah, the VBB-3 is designed to beat an earlier Venturi vehicle, the Buckeye Bullet.The Bullet, which was created in collaboration with Ohio State University, hit a top speed of 495km/h (307mph) back in 2010.