The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved on Friday $3 million for design of a building that will help anchor an envisioned innovation district in the university’s west campus.
The Energy Advancement and Innovation Center will be a hub where Ohio State faculty members, students, alumni, ENGIE researchers, local entrepreneurs and industry experts work together on the next generation of smart energy systems, renewable energy and green mobility solutions.
The university was granted approval for $3 million for professional services for the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center, which will serve as a hub for technology commercialization first outlined in the university’s comprehensive energy management partnership.
The project is a cornerstone of the university’s public-private partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP). As part of the agreement, OSEP committed $50 million for the project, including $35 million in design and construction costs.
“We are very excited to be moving into the design phase of this watershed project which is one of the cornerstones of our long-term partnership with Ohio State, and as a fellow Buckeye, I feel very lucky to be a part of the development of the innovation district,” said Serdar Tufekci, CEO of OSEP.
The Visionary Project Advisory Committee was formed early in the conceptual stages to guide the university in the governance of center. Jay Sayre, who serves as Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research and Director of Innovation in the Institute for Materials Research, chairs the committee, which is comprised of Ohio State, OSEP, and Columbus community members.
“We envision the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center as a vehicle to propel innovation beyond the R&D stage to commercial successes in the market where everyone can benefit,” Sayre said. “This will be a place where our students will benefit by connecting with the creativity of faculty, staff, ENGIE researchers, and our local community to leave a lasting, impactful legacy on our academic mission.”