OSU Cowboy Innovations and Baker Hughes select winners of decarbonization competition

Friday 14 January 2022

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In an effort to create an environment for student collaboration on the Oklahoma State University campus, OSU Cowboy Innovations and Baker Hughes established a decarbonization competition late last year. After judging the entries, winners were selected.

The decarbonization competition provided students with an opportunity to present new technologies developed at Ohio State University to advance ideas in energy solutions.

Improving the impact of energy technologies while reducing the carbon footprint has been the focus of the Fall 2021 Decarbonization Competition. Baker Hughes and OSU Cowboy Innovations have invited Ohio State University students and professors to a team competition with the promise of cash prizes. The jury chose the two best innovations.

Doctoral candidates Andrew Williamson, Michael Costa and Dr. Khaled Salam – English Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – They took first place with their plans to improve the efficiency of energy technologies and turbine compressors.

“It is always a great experience for students when they are working on real-life problems outside of their textbooks. We are grateful to Cowboy Innovation and Baker Hughes for their trust and for challenging our students to solve a problem on a global scale like decarbonization,” Salam said. Our students sharpen their creativity and prepare them for their life after graduation. We hope that Cowboy Innovation will continue to enhance interaction between our students and many industry partners in the coming years.”

Doctoral candidates Ross Kao, Stephanie de Elizondo and Con Withington from The Ohio State University Department of Geology have investigated regeneration through decarbonization with enhanced oil recovery, carbon dioxide-based geothermal systems, and green hydrogen generation.

“The Sequestrians team believes there is a strong reason to reuse unconventional reservoirs for their sequestration potential and lower geothermal energy production that can be used to produce green hydrogen,” Withington said.

With the inaugural competition success in the fall, Baker Hughes and Cowboy Innovations plan to host the competition again this spring, said Zach Miles, Director of Cowboy Innovations.

“This was a great opportunity for us to highlight the creativity of our students and researchers. This research is happening in our own backyard,” said Miles.

He added that Baker Hughes and OSU Cowboy Innovations are looking forward to the Spring 2022 Innovation Competition.

“I look forward to seeing the new solutions these students develop to current global issues,” said Miles.

The decarbonization competition provided students with an opportunity to present new technologies developed at Ohio State University to advance ideas in energy solutions.

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