The Ohio State University (OSU) is “beefing up” its environment and energy programs as it works toward creating an interdisciplinary research hub in Columbus, according to a recent Columbus Business First article. OSU is “seeking an engineering professor to staff a tenure-track position in energy storage and conversion,” a position that will be largely focused on electric battery storage. Giorgio Rizzoni, a professor and director for OSU’s Center for Automotive Research, said, while “…we do some research in batteries,” none of the existing faculty are experts in energy storage systems. Director of OSU’s Office of Energy and Environment Kate Bartter said, “…it’s really about not just developing new materials for energy and sustainability but a real focus on accelerating discovery to deployment.” Battery storage is a rapidly growing area of energy research. It is already being used by utilities (see our June 11, 2014 and June 09, 2015 blog posts), and experts say finding ways to economically store power is key to expanding on-site generation for companies (see our August 11, 2015 blog post for more on this). The full article is here.
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