Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

August 1, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

ARPA-E Announces Funding for High-Efficiency Distributed Generation Systems

ARPA-E has announced up to $20 million in funding for a new program to reduce the cost and increase the energy efficiency associated with providing electric power to commercial and industrial end users. ARPA-E’s Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE) program will develop advanced natural gas fueled, distributed electric generation systems with conversion efficiencies of more than 70%, which is double the current average delivered efficiency of utility-scale, fossil-fueled plants. INTEGRATE program technologies would seek to overcome key technical barriers to enabling a highly flexible, efficient, distributed energy alternative, increasing the efficiency of our electric system while reducing cost and increasing resiliency. The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for INTEGRATE is 5 p.m. Sept. 11. Additional information, including the full FOA and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

Discovery Theme News

How to Meet a Renowned Expert
Why not nominate a pre-eminent leader in your field for the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program? The program engages students, faculty, staff and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern related to the Discovery Themes — Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security and Humanities and the Arts. Past lecturers have been eminent authorities from across the public and private sector.

Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

Antartica's Larsen C Ice Shelf Breaks Off
WOSU All Sides
July 18, 2017
Featured expert: Ian Howat, earth sciences

Researchers using coal ash, scrubber byproducts for reclamation
S&P Global Market Intelligence
July 18, 2017
Featured expert: Tarunjit Butalia, civil, environmental and geodetic engineering
ALSO: WOSU, Cleaning With Coal: Ohio State Professor Reclaims Abandoned Strip Mines

Warnings from Antarctica
The New York Times
July 12, 2017
Featured expert: John Mercer, deceased glaciologist who published a paper about climate change in Nature in 1978
ALSO: Miami Herald: ‘Maps will need to be redrawn’: One of the largest icebergs ever recorded breaks free

Columbus under construction to become America's first 'smart city'
Fox News
July 10, 2017
Featured expert: Carla Bailo, assistant vice president of mobility research and business development

Cars of the future will drive themselves, and talk to one another
The Columbus Dispatch
June 23, 2017
Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, mechanical and aerospace engineering

1 million more people? Columbus on verge of growth spurt
The Columbus Dispatch
June 23, 2017
Featured experts: Ned Hill, public affairs; David Staley, history; and Jason Reece, city and regional planning

DOE awards millions in energy research grants
E&E News
June 23, 2017
Featured expert: Carol Smidts, nuclear engineering

Unprecedented ice melt in Antarctica (Video)
Global News Canada
June 21, 2017
Featured expert: David Bromwich, geography
Also highlighted in numerous other national publications

The future of fuel, and the problem with exhaust (Podcast)
Brain On, NPR
June 16, 2017
Featured expert: Anne Co, chemistry

Research On Lake Erie Algae Blooms Imperiled
Wisconsin Public Radio
June 15, 2017
Featured expert: Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant

Upcoming Events

Storm Outage Prediction, Preparedness and Response Workshop, Aug. 15-16
The workshop will highlight current practices, recent advances, continuing challenges and ongoing research into the complex and critical areas of storm outage prediction, preparedness and response.

EPN Breakfast: Conservation on Farms, Aug. 15
The vast scale of agriculture on Ohio’s landscapes brings issues of nutrient runoff and water quality, biodiversity, and pollinator impacts, but these create opportunities for agricultural producers to provide ecosystem services that enhance our environment and sustainability and also help keep agriculture economically prosperous. Event speakers Mindy Bankey, CEO, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and local, state, national ag and conservation leader Fred Yoder, Madison County grain farmer and partner, Yoder Ag Services, will discuss the implications.

EPN Breakfast: Agriculture and Water Quality Issues, Sept. 12
Nutrient runoff and discharges continue to result in degraded water quality and threats to drinking water sources and aquatic habitat. Ohio State researchers and agency staff, with partners, focus on improving tools and guidance ag producers can use. The event speakers are Libby Dayton, School of Environment and Natural Resources research scientist, and Kirk Hines, chief, Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

Center for High Performance Power Electronics Open House, Oct. 6

The Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE) will hold a one-day open house at 205 Dreese Labs. The event will feature CHPPE’s latest research and projects and offer opportunities to talk with faculty and students. Contact for more information.