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 “[w]e 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, “[i]t’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). For more, read the full article.