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State universities partner for clean energy initiatives

Showcasing Ohio's rich history of research and development in environment- and energy-related fields, 15 Ohio universities today (4/23) signed a memorandum of understanding that fosters an alliance between participating universities. The document represents a collective message from Ohio's outstanding universities about the importance of secure and clean energy to both the state and the nation as a whole.

Participating institutions include University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Wright State University, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Central State University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Shawnee State University and Youngstown State University.

The signing came in the inaugural meeting of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO), themed “Ohio's Future in Advanced Energy.” Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland delivered remarks on the importance of research and development of clean energy alternatives to the state.

Each participating university boasts notable research credentials in energy and environment which will ensure a strong foundation for the alliance. Several participating institutions utilize energy and environmental researchers representing the finest in the nation. However, over time the alliance as a whole will likely prove to be greater than the sum of its individual participants.

The scope of activities outlined in the memorandum is tremendous, according to Jeff Daniels, Ohio State University professor of earth sciences and associate dean of the College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

“This document addresses how Ohio's top research universities will work together in the areas of discovery, development and commercialization of energy-related technology. It also discusses development of curriculum related to energy issues, and outlines avenues for cooperation on technology transfer, outreach and partnerships with industry within the alliance,” said Daniels.