Ohio State Energy in the News

Was It Bad Luck or Climate Change?

History News Network

Sept. 18, 2017

Last month, Hurricane Harvey dumped more rain on the Texas coast in a week than most states see all year. As I write, Florida is engulfed in a hurricane expected to cause tens of billions more in damage. We know rising sea levels mean higher storm surges. We know hotter air means potentially larger hurricanes with more rain and winds. What’s harder to say is whether we should blame these particular storms—or any other weather event—on global warming.

Featured expert: Sam White, history

ALSO: Time: Where 2017's Hurricanes Fit in the Long History of American Climate Confusion

OSU-M seeks land bank's help with micro farms

Mansfield News Journal

September 16, 2017

The Richland County Land Bank has been asked to participate in a new program at the Ohio State University Mansfield campus to develop urban mini-farms in the area. Cindy Wood, campus director of development and community relations, outlined the project at the Land Bank’s regular meeting Friday.

Algae experts fight to heal Lake Erie

13abc Action News

September 15, 2017

Toledo’s drinking water dashboard is back in the 'watch' category Thursday. While the city says your water is totally safe to drink, is Lake Erie itself really doing any better? 258 scientists gathered at the Stranahan Thursday to solve Lake Erie's green water problem. While the science is better than ever, the lake is a different story.

Featured expert: Jay Martin, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering

Smart phones helping farmers fight prevent blooms

Port Clinton News Herald

September 15, 2017

As the prevalence of smart phones and tablets continues to grow, mobile technology is also becoming an emerging tool in the fight to reduce farm nutrient runoff, which causes Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.

Featured expert: John Fulton, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering

Nikola Labs raises another $2M, lands internet-of-things customers for its wireless power components

Business First

September 13, 2017

A startup making wireless power components for the internet of things has raised an additional $2 million and hired the technology's inventor part-time from Ohio State University. Nikola Labs Inc. has raised a combined $4 million – $2.7 million of it this year – since 2015. Chi-Chih Chen, an associate research professor at Ohio State's electroscience laboratory, developed the technology that converts radio frequency to direct current energy.

Connectivity is the first step on long road to self-driving cars

Crain’s Detroit Business

September 7, 2017

Autonomous vehicle technology has become a hot topic in the automotive industry and in the public imagination. But that doesn't mean driverless pods will be whisking metro Detroiters to the grocery store any time soon. Complete autonomy is decades away, panelists said at Technology in Motion, a summit taking place Wednesday through Friday at downtown Detroit's Cobo Center.

Featured expert: Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and development

LIGHTWEIGHTING: Now Comes the Hard Part

Advanced Manufacturing

September 7, 2017

Automakers, working closely with suppliers, have reduced the weight of their vehicles, in some cases by hundreds of pounds. They’ve introduced new materials, stepping up the use of high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium. They’ve found new ways to join parts made with different materials together. Now comes the hard part—continuing the momentum, going deeper into vehicles and components to find weight savings.

Featured expert: Glenn Daehn, professor of metallurgical engineering

Scientists say megastorms are the new norm


September 5, 2017

Scientists at The Ohio State University say megastorms have already become the new norm and if we don’t start addressing climate change now it’s only going to get worse.

“Events have been predicted now for over 30 years as a result of increasing temperatures in the atmosphere and in the oceans and these storms feed on that,” said Lonnie Thompson, Senior Research Scientist at The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center

Ohio State Mansfield adds demonstration urban micro-farm

Richland Source

September 1, 2017

Visitors of The Ohio State University at Mansfield/North Central State College campus will see something new crop up this fall.

A micro-farm is being built in a parking lot on the west side of campus and will feature two high tunnels and 20 additional raised beds, which will be used to produce fresh fruits and vegetables for the campus cafeteria and at a reduced cost for north end Mansfield residents.

Algae affects home values, report says

Dayton Daily News

September 2, 2017

As a former property owner at Grand Lake St. Marys I was drawn to a recent Internet report of a study that discussed property values in areas affected by toxic algae. It is not a pretty picture.

I wonder what the elected officials think when they read a study like the one conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. I would hope it would make them think about what they might do to alleviate a problem that has been going on for almost 10 years. And then act on their thoughts.

Featured experts: Allen Klaiber, professor of agricultural, environmental and development, and David Wolf, doctoral student

Air Force keeping tabs on Ohio State's energy plan

Business First

August 31, 2017

Ohio State University’s big energy plan is being watched from above.

The U.S. Air Force is asking about the 50-year lease the university struck with a global joint venture.

Air Force officials last month issued a request for information on what it calls energy as a service, a comprehensive energy plan in which the military branch would sign a long-term arrangement for the procurement and operation of electricity with one entity rather than piecemeal deals at each base.

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Shows up on Campus & OSU is Looking to Buy One

Columbus Underground

August 31, 2017

Sharped-eyed observers on Ohio State University’s main campus might have spotted an unusual-looking vehicle cruising around on Tuesday.

Olli is the brand name of a 12-passenger van produced by an Arizona-based company called Local Motors. Designed to be fully autonomous, the rectangular-shaped shuttle was on campus for a “promotional and video shoot,” according to Benjamin Johnson, Director of Media and Public Relations.

Engie CFO on Ohio State energy privatization: 'This is a landmark deal for us' (Video)

Business First

August 30, 2017

Ohio State University is front and center in the country’s changing energy landscape.

Power companies and users alike are reacting to continued decentralization of the electric industry.

Part of this shift includes large power users farming out utility management to energy companies, a tactic typically used at big companies or cities. This year, however, Ohio State became the first university in the country to privatize its energy management.

Incentive plan could help double Ohio’s vehicle charging stations

The Columbus Dispatch

August 30, 2017

The number of electric-vehicle charging stations in Ohio would be poised to double under a rebate proposal from American Electric Power and environmental groups.

…More charging stations, like this one at Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research on Kinnear Road, could be created through a rebate program proposed by American Electric Power and environmental groups.

OSU researcher helps plan for disasters like Harvey


August 29, 2017

Imagine getting a year’s worth of rain in just a few days. An Ohio State University researcher said that’s how much Harvey has dumped on Houston so far. He said more than 9 trillion gallons has fallen in Texas since the storm started. Ohio State Department of Geography Professor Steven Quiring is the guy the government relies on to know where the power will go out and for how long during monster storms. He helped Texas and federal officials prepare for the devastating storm. In 12 years, he said he’s never seen one like this.

Experts: Megastorms Could Become Norm

Boston Herald

August 28, 2017

Megastorms such as Tropical Storm Harvey, which is expected to dump record-setting rainfall on parts of Texas over the next few days, will be increasingly common if the human factors fueling global warming aren’t addressed, climate change experts warn.

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

The paradox of electric vehicles

Researchers at The Ohio State University develop a simulation technique to find optimal locations for electric vehicle charging stations.

Today’s Motor Vehicles

August 25, 2017

While sales of electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow each year, they only make up 1% of the current passenger vehicle market. With more consumers interested in purchasing EVs, the vehicle industry finds itself in a difficult situation – consumers are not buying EVs because adequate charging stations aren’t available, and investors are not building stations without enough demand.

Ramteen Sioshansi, associate professor of integrated engineering at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, is addressing this Catch 22 using data sets from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) that model the typical driving patterns around Columbus, Ohio.

Featured expert: Ramteen Sioshansi, integrated systems engineering

A changing environment

How will climate change affect Ohio?

The Columbus Dispatch

August 25, 2017

Scientists deal in hypotheses, not predictions.

But there is scientific agreement on one forecast for the future: Our planet is warming, and it’s going to keep getting hotter.

Featured experts: Stuart Ludsin, evolution, ecology and organismal biology; Dan Herms, entomology; Aaron Wilson, senior research associate and extension coordinator for Byrd Polar and Ohio State Extension; Elena Irwin, environmental and urban economist; Jason Cervenec, director of education and outreach for Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Why we could have more toxic blooms in our warming world

Michigan Public Radio

August 23, 2017

There’s a green bloom of cyanobacteria on Lake Erie again. People who run water utilities and scientists are watching the bloom because the cyanobacteria can produce toxins called microcystins that are dangerous for people and pets. It's what made Toledo’s drinking water unsafe to drink in 2014.

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

Ohio State’s energy privatizer to spend almost $7M in first batch of capital improvements

Business First

August 23, 2017

The companies managing Ohio State University’s energy assets for the next five decades will spend $6.8 million this year on major projects.

Ohio State Energy Partners – the LLC created by French company Engie and partner Axium Infrastructure – plans to spend the money on four projects, pending OSU board of trustees approval this week.