Ohio State Energy in the News

How Ohio State is helping to make Columbus a 'Smart City': BTN LiveBIG

Big Ten Network

March 6, 2018

From New Brunswick to Lincoln, Minneapolis to Bloomington, there is no shortage of symbiosis between the universities of the Big Ten and the cities they call home. They shape each other, drive each other to new heights and provide one another with crucial resources.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Columbus, home to The Ohio State University. A city like no other, Columbus is a hub of culture and commerce that sets the stage for the ground-breaking work Buckeyes are doing in a number of fields.

Ohio State spinoff raises $1.7M, moves operations to Parker Hannifin Columbus plant for next generation of natural gas compressor

Business First

March 6, 2018

Simple-Fill Inc. has raised $1.7 million from Worthington Industries Inc. and other investors toward making its next generation of lower-cost natural gas compressors.

The Ohio State University spinoff also has moved its operations to the Columbus plant of Parker Hannifin Corp. (NYSE:PH). The Cleveland-based manufacturer produces several components and has helped with engineering for the compressor, which uses liquid instead of thousands of spinning parts to compress the gas into usable vehicle fuel.

Trump might release more sewage. Warming could make it worse

E&E News

March 2, 2018

Five of Lake Erie's worst algal blooms have occurred since 2011. To compensate, regulators will have to clamp down on pollution — the next phosphorus limit will be less than 7,000 metric tons, said Jeff Reutter, former director of the Ohio Sea Grant program at Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, former director of the Ohio Sea Grant program

How to Get Better Laptop Battery Life

Simple tips can help your laptop go longer between charges. Plus, how to choose a battery-life champ

Consumer Reports

March 3, 2018

Today’s gobs of memory make it easy to have the likes of Firefox, Outlook, Spotify, and Photoshop open at the same time without making the laptop seem any slower, quietly doing a hit job on battery life. The fix? “Kill all of your programs,” says Vicky Doan-Nguyen, assistant professor of materials science engineering at Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Vicky Doan-Nguyen, professor of materials science engineering

Spring is starting early in Ohio, but don't celebrate yet


March 1, 2018

Spring is ahead of schedule this year in the Buckeye State, a pattern Ohioans are likely to see continue because of climate change. While an early end to the snow and cold sounds ideal, a premature spring season is not necessarily a good thing, according to Jeff Rogers, state climatologist emeritus at Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Jeff Rogers, state climatologist emeritus

Blockchain And Investor Money For Microgrids Could Give The Utility Death Spiral A Fresh Spin


March 1, 2018

Four years ago the electric utilities were roiled by predictions they would collapse before an onslaught of solar panels and windmills and batteries at homes and businesses that wouldn't need utilities anymore… there are signs afoot that microgrids are developing without those utility services, and investors seeking clean-energy opportunities may be pouring money into the new alternatives. The Ohio State University sold its campus microgrid last year to a utility for $1.165 billion.

OSU-ATI’s bioenergy-biowaste program first of its kind

Columbus Dispatch

February 24, 2018

After 30 years of working in wastewater management, Steve Carathers knows the importance of providing clean water to the community. He also knows that more people with his expertise are needed in the industry.

That’s what excites him about the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute’s new Associate of Applied Science program in bioenergy and biological waste management that prepares students for high-demand careers such as wastewater and drinking-water treatment plant operators.

OSU scientists collect ice core samples from around the world to combat climate change


February 21, 2018

You can think of Doctors Lonnie and Ellen Thompson as librarians of a sort. Instead of books, their library is filled with ice core samples from across the planet that tell the story of earth's climate history, "They're just a treasure trove of information. The cores give us a glimpse of the past. They tell us how the system works today and allows us to make projections for the future."

Ohio State Task Force Drafts Plan For Columbus To Fight Climate Change


February 19, 2018

Researchers from The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center formed a task force to draft an action plan for Central Ohio’s handling of climate change.

The report, which is the result of a two-year collaboration effort with the City of Columbus, outlines necessary and aspirational steps for the city to tackle climate change.

Fluence, Battery Makers to Gain as Arizona Considers Storage Goal


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

David B. Williams: Companies drawn to city’s talent, collaboration

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.

Ohio State University joins new University Climate Change Coalition


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.

ALSO: Politico: University presidents unveil global warming coalition


ALSO: Grist: 13 universities band together to fight climate change.


Trustees delay endowments from Ohio State energy deal

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.

"Waste Not" proves to be a winning formula for Ohio State: BTN LiveBIG

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.

The scientist who predicted ice-sheet collapse — 50 years ago


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.

Ohio State energy deal to yield campus utility improvements

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.

ALSO: The Lantern: Ohio State Energy Partners to begin first round of energy conservation efforts, pending Board of Trustees approval

Extreme Weather Testing Infrastructures of Schools Across Nation

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.

Ohio State associate professor among scientists pushing back against EPA ban

The Columbus Dispatch

January 29, 2018

Scientists filed a second lawsuit last week challenging federal Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s new policy for science advisers serving the agency.
…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.

Ohio State students build supercomputer for earth science research


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.

Macron’s pledge to wipe out coal is just as meaningless as Trump’s plan to revive it

The Conversation

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