Ohio State Energy in the News
February 9, 2018
Storage is becoming attractive to utilities because it has uses beyond integrating renewables, including helping power companies overcome voltage and power distribution challenges, Ramteen Sioshansi, an associate engineering professor at Ohio State University and associate fellow at the Center for Automotive Research, told Bloomberg Environment.
“A lot of the driver is not 100 percent having to do with renewables,” he said. “The big thing is a lot of people think that storage and renewables are two things that go hand in hand, but I think there are a lot more things you can do with storage than charging a battery with a wind turbine or a solar panel.”
Featured expert: Ramteen Sioshansi, professor of engineering
The Columbus Dispatch – opinion by David B. Williams, executive dean of the professional colleges and dean of the College of Engineering
February 8, 2018
On any given day, a major company will consider our city — smart Columbus — as the location for a manufacturing plant, an R&D center, a logistics hub and, yes, its headquarters. It makes sense. Columbus is a thriving, multicultural city with infrastructure and geographic advantages that, more often than not, qualify for site-selector short lists.
February 6, 2018
The Ohio State University has joined the newly launched University Climate Change Coalition, an alliance of 13 leading research universities that will create a collaborative model to help local communities achieve climate goals.
The initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states, Ohio State said in a news release.
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The Columbus Dispatch
February 2, 2018
An Ohio State University trustees committee has put on hold several proposals to create endowments using funds from its $1.1-billion energy deal approved last spring.
Before the board of trustees this week were proposals to create four endowments totaling about $775 million. On Thursday, the board’s finance committee decided to table the matter pending further discussion about how and why the funds were prioritized and divided.
Big Ten Network
January 31, 2018
Ah, the sights and sounds of a college football game: the roar of cheering fans, the quarterback’s calls, the precision formation of that big brass band, the face paint, the foam fingers, the… garbage.
But this common scenario could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a nationwide initiative called the GameDay Recycling Challenge. The program pits colleges and universities across the US against each other in an effort to see which school can reduce, recycle or otherwise divert the largest amount of their stadium waste away from landfills.
For the sixth consecutive year, The Ohio State University has led the Big Ten in the competition, diverting the largest single-game amount of waste in 2017 with 94.2 percent of stadium refuse kept out of the dump.
January 30, 2018
Fifty years ago, many scientists were looking up. But in Antarctica, John Mercer was looking down — and he was concerned about what he saw.
That year, the late Mercer, a glaciologist at Ohio State University in Columbus, first warned about the potential for rapid sea-level rise from melting ice caps.
The Columbus Dispatch
January 30, 2018
Ohio State University is about to begin its first round of capital utility improvements since the university entered into a $1.1 billion energy privatization deal last year.
Ohio State Energy Partners has six utility projects ready to go, pending Ohio State Board of Trustees’ approval later this week.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
January 29, 2018
From raging forest fires on the West Coast to heavy snowfall on the East Coast and bone-chilling cold between, extreme and unpredicted weather patterns this school year have disrupted college classes and tested campus infrastructures.
…In Ohio, where The Ohio State University’smain campus in Columbus has an underground system built to deliver water, heat and cool air to its 140 buildings, university officials tout a nearly 100-percent successful performance rating of its system, which in an average winter week can generate 500,000 pounds of steam an hour from its natural gas-fired boilers.
Last year, OSU contracted with a private Ohio vendor, ENGIE Services, to manage most of its underground power system and help its department of facilities, operations and development on a variety of projects aimed at energy reduction.
The Columbus Dispatch
January 29, 2018
filed a second lawsuit last week challenging federal Environmental Protection
Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s new policy for science advisers serving the
…Ohio State associate professor Robyn Wilson is one of a half-dozen scientists asked to step down as a result of the new rule. She refused to do that or give up her funding. In December, she joined a lawsuit filed to challenge the new rule. She is not involved in the new suit.
January 28, 2018
A student project usually does not require 128 circuit boards and 512 processors.
The Ohio State University earth sciences and physics students named the supercomputer Buckeye Pi: an off-the-rack materials project that cost about $7,500 to build, in a world where supercomputers usually carry a price tag in the millions of dollars.
The work began in the garage of the OSU School of Earth Sciences professor Dr. Joachim Moortgat, who supervised the project.
January 25, 2018
In a speech at the 2018 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “make France a model in the fight against climate change” and promised to shut all coal-fired power plants by 2021 – two years earlier than the timetable put forward by his predecessor.
Featured expert: column author Jay Zagorsky, economist and research scientist
January 23, 2018
The balance of bacteria within coral mucus is very important because it serves as a type of artificial immune system, keeping corals healthy by preventing bad bacteria from entering their systems. Researchers at Ohio State University have identified two effects of climate change which can disrupt the vital balance in coral microbe populations and allow bad bacteria to take over their bodies.
Featured expert: Andrea Grottoli, professor of earth sciences
New York Times
January 24, 2018
A deadly 2016 glacier collapse in Tibet surpassed scientists’ expectations—until it happened again. They worry it’s only the beginning.
Featured expert: Lonnie G. Thompson, professor of geological sciences
Toledo Blade (editorial)
January 24, 2018
Ohio State University’s algae researchers have launched yet another initiative to help the state track and study the dangerous algae threatening bodies of water around Ohio.
The university’s scientists have long led efforts to study the algae that blankets portions of Lake Erie every summer.
January 13, 2018
"What the FERC said was, no, this doesn't make any sense to them, and they kicked further discussion back to the RTOs,” Prof. Edward Hill, a teacher of economic development, public, and finance policy at Ohio State University, said. “It said they know best where the reliability issues are in their systems.”
Featured expert: Ned Hill, professor of public policy
Environmental Protection Magazine
January 11, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $681,343 to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, for research on the prediction, prevention, control, and mitigation of freshwater harmful algal blooms.
Harmful algae blooms (HABs) are overgrowths of algae and cyanobacteria in water that can product dangerous toxins that hurt local economies and the environment.
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Midwest Energy News
January 8, 2019
While the state is still a major polluter, Ohio’s shift away from coal has led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
Carbon dioxide emissions from Ohio’s energy sector fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015, according to data recently released by the Energy Information Administration.
Featured expert: Norm Dormady, assistant professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Regenerative agriculture can help soil absorb carbon from the air and slow the advance of climate change
January 7, 2018
Rattan Lal, the director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at Ohio State University, estimates that soil has the potential to sequester carbon at a rate of between 0.9 and 2.6 gigatons per year. That’s a small part of the 10 gigatons a year of current carbon emissions, but it’s still significant. Somewhat reassuringly, some scientists believe the estimate is low.
“Putting the carbon back in soil is not only mitigating climate change, but also improving human health, productivity, food security, nutrition security, water quality, air quality — everything,” Mr. Lal told me over the phone. “It’s a win-win-win option.”
Featured expert: Rattan Lal, director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
January 4, 2018
The researchers, engineers from Ohio State University in Columbus, have published their findings in two papers in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Developing a technology called coal-direct chemical looping combustion (CDCL), which project leader Prof Liang-Shih Fan and his team first invented five years ago, the engineers describe their technique as a stop gap for providing clean energy while the cost of renewable generation continues to fall.
Featured expert: L.S. Fan, Distinguished University Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering
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Research suggests that some coral species will likely adapt to changing ocean conditions. But resilience may come at the cost of diversity.
Christian Science Monitor
December 29, 2017
For the past two years, Professor Grottoli and her colleagues had subjected these corals to some truly harsh conditions, the kind that climate models suggest could become the new normal by the end of the 21st century. When she harvested them from reefs around the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Grottoli had hoped that some would acclimate to the excessively warm and acidic waters of the tank, but “there was a real risk that they were all going to die after two years,” the Ohio State University coral researcher says.
Featured expert: Andréa Grottoli, professor of earth sciences