Ohio State Energy in the News

What will Trump presidency mean for efforts to curb climate change?

Dayton Daily News

November 11, 2016

Among the many uncertainties with a Trump presidency is what he will do about an issue many consider the globe’s biggest threat. Environmental watchdogs worry that a Trump administration will upend a growing movement toward renewable and clean energy development and efforts to mitigate climate change.

Featured expert: Jeffrey Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering

Blanchard River watershed study in the works

Focus on rewarding producers and rural residents in clean water efforts

Bluffton Icon

November 9, 2016

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is partnering with The Ohio State University on a study of how to reward producers and rural residents for their efforts to improve local water quality in the Blanchard River watershed.

The study will be conducted by Dr. Richard Moore, emeritus professor of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Yanting Guo, Ph.D student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at The Ohio State University.

OEAMC unveils high velocity metal forming technology center

Lima News

November 1, 2016

The technology center features a series of machines that use high velocity metal forming, a cold forming process for electrically conductive metals. Advocates of HVMF said it has the ability to add more precision to the metal-forming process, while increasing production speed and reducing the cost of equipment and processing.

Featured expert: Glenn Daehn, professor of materials science and engineering

Venturi VBB-3: 3,000-horsepower electric car goes 340 mph


October 27, 2016

…Off the roads, it is Venturi Automobiles blazing a trail. The French company, who also compete in the Formula E World Championship, recently smashed their own electric land speed record at Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats.

In September, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 clocked an average speed of 341.4 mph (549.4 kph) beating their previous record of 307.6 mph (495 kph) and CNN's Supercharged was there to witness automotive history.

Nonprofits, small businesses get consulting help from Ohio State students

The Columbus Dispatch

October 30, 2016

Julie Smith has $9,000 in her budget this year to update the stock of power tools, lawn equipment and other hardware in the nonprofit tool library she runs on the East Side.

After salaries, new tools and paying for warehouse space, the budget for Rebuilding Together Central Ohio doesn’t leave much room for marketing. That makes it harder to recruit new members and new donors, Smith said.

Soon, with the help of some Ohio State University students, maybe more will benefit.

Last week, Columbus and the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched a pilot program that will help nonprofits and small businesses with consulting services and analysis they otherwise couldn’t afford.

Climate change isn’t hot topic in presidential election

The Columbus Dispatch

October 31, 2016

In 2016, the planet’s warmest year on record, climate change has made only tepid appearances this election season. But that doesn't surprise environmental advocates and political scientists.

Featured experts: Jeffrey Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, Erik Nisbet, professor of communication and Alexander Thompson, professor of political science

On College Campuses, Signs of Progress on Renewable Energy

Yale Environment 360

October 26, 2016

U.S. colleges and universities are increasingly deploying solar arrays and other forms of renewable energy. Yet most institutions have a long way to go if they are to meet their goal of being carbon neutral in the coming decades.

Featured expert: Kate Bartter, director, Office of Energy and Environment

For Racing Glory, Students Built a Mountain-Busting Electric Motorcycle

Ohio State engineers optimized their bike for one thing: to climb Pikes Peak faster than any other bike, electric or gasoline powered

IEEE Spectrum

October 28, 2016

An hour before the qualifying round is no time to blow out the power inverter in your electric racing motorcycle.

It’s a Friday morning in June and easily the worst day of the year for a score of engineering students from Ohio State University, in Columbus. Months of painstaking labor have gone into their all-electric cycle, the Buckeye Current RW-3, to handle one race and one race only: the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a motorsports race up Colorado’s iconic mountain.

For Gordon Hamilton, a Life of Discovery and Danger

The New York Times

October 25, 2016

…Yet for a whole cadre of climate scientists, the work entails real physical risks. Thousands of specialists — glaciologists, geologists, geodetic engineers, wildlife biologists and many others — must travel to remote regions to better understand the effects of warming on the natural world.

Lonnie G. Thompson, a renowned glaciologist at Ohio State University, was once camped on an ice cap when a savage wind knocked down his tent and began blowing it off the side of the mountain — with him inside. A colleague helped him stop the slide by plunging an ax through the canvas into the ice.

Featured Expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences

High-Speed Classroom: Building an Electric Racing Motorcycle

IEEE Spectrum

October 17, 2016

Ohio State University’s Buckeye Current Electric Motorcycle Team is no ordinary after school club. Unless, of course, your version of ordinary includes breaking land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and taking home racing trophies from the Isle of Man. In about six years, this all-student team has gone from cobbling motorcycles together from whatever they had on hand to competing against professional motorcycle racing teams on some of the world’s toughest courses.

'World's leading experts in energy conservation' interested in Ohio State privatization

Business First

October 19, 2016

Ohio State University says it has attracted some major players with its plan to privatize its energy management.

In an email sent Wednesday to students, faculty and staff, the school said "some of the world's leading experts in energy conservation and management want to help Ohio State meet our goals."

The world's fastest Buckeye

Columbus Monthly

October 14, 2016

Last month on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Ohio State University students fired a shot heard round the world—at least throughout the realm of land speed racing. On Sept. 19, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 set a new world record for electric vehicles when it achieved an average speed of 341.4 mph (with a top speed of 358), smashing the 307.6 mph mark set by its forebear, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5, in 2010.

Two Ohio State spinoffs headed to Silicon Valley's Plug and Play accelerator

Business First

October 14, 2016

Two Ohio State University spinoffs making hardware are headed to the three-month Plug and Play accelerator program in Silicon Valley in a group focused on the "internet of things."

Nikola Labs Inc., which harvests electricity from radiofrequency signals, and ProteoSense LLC, developing a handheld food-pathogen sensor, are among 24 startups chosen from some 800 applicants for the business development program at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, California.

Ohio State researcher says Hurricane Matthew could leave millions without power


October 6, 2016

A local researcher is predicting Hurricane Matthew could knock out power to seven million people. For the past 10 years he’s the guy Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and emergency management agencies call to help them be best prepared when huge storms hit.

Featured expert: Steven Quiring, professor of atmospheric sciences

ALSO: USA Today: Hurricane Matthew: Here's the latest forecast for the U.S.

Ohio State reveals plans for Mirror Lake restoration; work starts this week

The Columbus Dispatch

October 11, 2016

Ohio State University’s iconic Mirror Lake, long a concrete pond, will be restored to something closer to its historical form, university officials announced Tuesday.

It also will remain permanently off-limits to the Mirror Lake jump, a Michigan Week tradition which arose in the last few decades but never was sanctioned by the university. During last year’s event, a student died after diving in and breaking his neck.

ALSO: WOSU: Ohio State announces Mirror Lake restoration

ALSO: Dayton Daily NewsNo more jumping into Ohio State’s Mirror Lake

ALSO: WSYX and WKEFOhio State outlines plans to change Mirror Lake

ALSO: Business FirstOhio State renovating Mirror Lake to make it cleaner and safer (no more Michigan jump)

ALSO: Cleveland.comOhio State ending ‘Mirror Lake jump’ before Michigan game as part of restoration project

ALSO: Eleven WarriorsOhio State announces Mirror Lake restoration project and begins draining process

ALSO: WTVN-AM: Ben Johnson: About Mirror Lake

Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence wins state post

Business First

October 7, 2016

Ohio State University has enjoyed a long business relationship with Honda companies. The Japanese automaker, which arrived in Marysville in 1978 first to assemble motorcycles, regularly hires interns and graduates while partnering with Ohio State on research. But a lot of that research never found its way to commercial use. Eric Wagner, who worked in the university’s tech commercialization office, now is senior collaboration manager for the College of Engineering’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, or CDME, which sprouted a year ago after talks with Honda executives on how to improve business-university operations. The center has earned a big award from the Ohio Development Services Agency, an indication its mission is taking hold. 

Study: Ohio Farmers Doing ‘A Good Job Of Managing’ Phosphorus Levels


September 27, 2016

Leaders from Ohio’s largest grain farming organizations announced today that Ohio farmers are doing their part in effectively managing phosphorus and other nutrient runoff from their fields — a key to helping address the state’s complex algae issues, particularly in the western Lake Erie basin.

Featured expert: Elizabeth Dayton, soil scientist, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Columbus getting more cash as feds add $80M for Smart Cities programs

Business First

September 27, 2016

The federal government is allocating millions of additional dollars toward research into transportation, climate and public safety as part of the Obama administration's Smart Cities initiative.

The administration announced more than $80 million in funding to support projects across the country, including in Columbus, which in June won the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge.

Here are the initiatives affecting Columbus:

  • …Ohio State University is one of several schools to join the Big Data and Human Services Lab, whose goal is to connect policy and research efforts "that harness data-driven approaches to transform human services."

NYPA working with Ohio State on studying hurricane impact to transmission

Electric Light & Power

September 23, 2016

The New York Power Authority announced this week it will partner with Ohio State University to study the effects of hurricanes on transmission lines and towers. The ultimate goal is coming up with a more resilient power grid throughout the U.S. The three-year project is being funded by a $529,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Ohio State researchers will develop a new class of advanced computerized models and scaled three-dimensional “towers” to study the effects of powerful storms and provide new insights into various complex wind-induced behaviors of these systems.

Featured expert: Abdollah Shafieezadeh, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering

ALSO: Transmission & Distribution WorldNYPA Part of Hurricane Study Aimed at Strengthening Grid

Scientists Triple the Number of Known Viruses in the World's Oceans

The Weather Channel

September 23, 2016

An international research team has tripled the number of known types of viruses living in waters worldwide, which they say could help scientists understand the role viruses play in nature and how they can "bolster efforts to curb greenhouse gasses."

According to an OSU news brief, their work will likely have "far-reaching implications, including ultimately helping to preserve the environment through reducing excess carbon humans put into the atmosphere."

Featured experts: Matthew Sullivan, professor of microbiology, and Simon Roux, postdoctoral researcher

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