Sam Miller Mar 22, 2017
From staff reports Feb 2, 2017
CE3 collaborates extensively with the faculty and staff based at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Center for Air Quality. Working with universities, businesses and industries in the Ohio River Valley, the Center fosters interdisciplinary applied research and education in the air quality arena, with a focus on issues facing the Midwest region. The Center for Air Quality has been involved with emission inventory and air quality analysis for every major metropolitan area in the State of Ohio including mobile emissions modeling, and processing and evaluation of area and point sources.
The Center’s talented team regularly contributes to CE3 Air Program projects because of its expertise in air quality modeling, ambient monitoring, data management/analysis, GIS applications, health risk assessments and emissions inventories.
The Center was recently awarded a highly-competitive U.S. EPA mercury monitoring project through the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. The Center’s researchers, two full-time research staff and graduate students, are currently engaged in studying the fate of mercury emissions from local power plants, as well as worldwide sources, to understand the economic and environmental value of implementing control systems on local power plants. Click here to view a recent presentation.
The Ohio Coal Research Center and the Biofuels Lab, partnering with the Center for Air Quality's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE), has engaged in more than a decade of research on the reuse of CO2 using microalgae. With more than $2 million in funding from the Department of Energy, researchers have created bioreactor technologies to enhance the growth of microalgae from coal flue gas. Researchers are also developing technologies to convert the energy within the algae into biofuels, such as biodiesel and syngas.
The Ohio University Center for Air Quality housed at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology manages the only university-based air quality assessment “supersite” for monitoring SO2, particulates, mercury, ozone, CO2, CO, and NOX in Ohio. With more than $5 million in external research grants, the Center supports every metropolitan area in the state with modeling, monitoring and policy input data. Click here to see Ohio Real-Time Air Quality Mapping.