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Q&A: LEEDCo's Lorry Wagner on the potential of Lake Erie wind

Last year, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced a long-term plan to develop wind power in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie -- the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. The initial 20-megawatt wind farm is expected to be completed in late 2013 and followed by subsequent projects. The long-term goal: 1,000 megawatts by 2020. HiVelocity spoke with Dr. Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo and the driving force behind the 20-megawatt pilot project, about the future of offshore wind power in Ohio.

Video: Case Western's wind turbine installation

A 100-kilowatt, community-scale wind turbine was erected on the Case Western Reserve University campus in November. Funded by the Ohio Third Frontier initiative, it is the first among three turbines planned for the campus. Watch it go up -- and the bravery of those who climb over the top of the turbine -- in this video.

Launch100: A year later

While personal ingenuity and hard work may be credited for much of Simply Southern Sides' rapid growth, Claude Booker credits a new initiative spearheaded by JumpStart for helping beef up his operations with sound advice and resources.

Video: Gravitational Energy Corp.

Gravitational Energy Corp., based in Cuyahoga Falls, has taken a novel spin on an old energy source: gravity. The Feltenberger Pendulum, invented by President and CEO Bruce Feltenberger, is designed to reduce fuel power consumption by about 50 percent by making gravity do much of the work.

Q&A: MAGNET's Daniel Berry on the changing environment for manufacturers

For nearly 30 years, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, or MAGNET, has served as the state's Edison Center charged with providing resources and advocacy for manufacturers in the northeast Ohio region. It's also the designated Edison Center for the state's automotive industry. hiVelocity spoke with Daniel E. Berry, MAGNET's president and CEO, about how manufacturing is faring these days.

Ohio ethanol producers poised for surge on the heels of new biofuels regulation

New federal regulations will more than double the number of gallons of biofuels produced in the U.S. in the next 10 years. Ohio's ethanol producers are poised to benefit from the predicted rise in ethanol refining as a result, especially if drivers everywhere have equal access to filling up with it.

Q&A: AEP Ohio's Karen Sloneker explains "smart grid"

What's "smart grid" and what will it mean for me? The question's an increasingly common one as Ohio utilities prepare to test and implement a new generation of technologies designed for more efficient planning, distribution, monitoring and use of electricity. AEP Ohio, which serves 1.5 million customers throughout the state, is implementing smart grid technology among 110,000 customers in central Ohio as part of its gridSMART demonstration project. We asked project director Karen Sloneker, the company's director of customer services and marketing, to help us understand those efforts.

High-Tech curriculum fuels Stark State enrollment boom

Pop quiz: What Ohio institution of higher learning has grown faster than any other state public college or university over the last decade? The answer might surprise you.

Q&A: Thane Maynard on the Cincinnati Zoo's quest to become the greenest in America

Whether he's on Cincinnati televison, a national late night show or on public radio's The 90-Second Naturalist, Thane Maynard is the public face of the Cincinnati Zoo. Personable and passionate, the longtime zoo director is an advocate for wildlife and natural preservation. That makes him the perfect spokesman for the Zoo's ongoing quest to be The Greenest Zoo in America.

Video: And now, a fuel cell the size of a semi

It's the size of a tractor trailer, it's on wheels and completely transportable, with the capacity to power a small town. It's the world's largest hydrogen fuel cell, purchased by Ohio-based FirstEnergy to power 500 homes during a five year trial run. Watch this video for a quick explanation from the manufacturer of how this development is breaking new ground.  

Ohio glass industry looks to regain form through innovation, diversification

Once a dominating global player, Ohio's glass industry has been battered by increased foreign competition and changes in the American economy. Now, it is looking to innovation and diversification to regain the foothold that made it one of Ohio's most prominant industries.

Ohio moves toward fast lane in electric, hybrid car development

Paul Havasi of Cleveland gets a lot of stares from fellow drivers on his way to work. His three-wheeled electric NmG is a rare sight. But laugh all you want; his choice of transport is the way of the future, according to the many businesses and researchers in Ohio developing technology and products for hybrid and electric cars.

NSBE nurtures pipeline, retention, of Ohio engineers

Of the 10,000 or so African American students who enroll in U.S. engineering programs each year, fewer than 3,500 graduate with engineering degrees. The National Society of Black Engineers wants to change that, and one of its targets is Ohio.

Carpe Ventum (Seize the Wind)

There are far windier places in the United State than Ohio, but there may be few better to site a wind farm. Readers, take notice: The wind industry is alive and growing in Ohio.

Small town entrepreneurs prove success not hinged on city lights

Big business doesn't always have to mean life in the big city. Some of Ohio's fastest-growing companies are proving that, becoming leaders in high-tech and service fields far from the outer-belts of Ohio's urban centers. And they plan on staying there.
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