The Center for Energy Research, Training, and Innovation is the locus for STEM-focused, state-of-the-art research, technology, and teaching associated with non-renewable and renewable energy resource utilization and development at The Ohio State University.

CERTAIN serves as an interdisciplinary, STEM-focused knowledge resource and catalyst for connecting energy- and environment-focused faculty, students, and administrators at OSU and beyond. CERTAIN effectively organizes and mobilizes our competencies into an interdisciplinary university center that serves as an unbiased entity at OSU to interface between industry, regulatory agencies, national laboratories, non-government organizations, and federal and private research foundations.

Vision: Establish a leading center known for the creation and dissemination of STEM-focused knowledge related to renewable (RE) and non-renewable energy resources (NRE).

Mission: Catalyze transformative research, education and outreach that addresses society’s grand challenges related to rapidly growing global energy demands in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, while balancing the importance of robust economic development, growth, and resiliency. 

Technical Goals: Become Ohio State’s STEM-focused locus of technically-sound, data-driven natural resource-based energy science that:

  • Implements knowledge generation, dissemination, and public outreach and engagement; 
  • Explores technical innovation related to the identification, development, and exploitation of natural resources critical for the development of all forms of energy (solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, fossil fuels, nuclear, fusion, batteries, subsurface waste storage, and CO2 management)
  • Promotes the cevelopment, management, and transformation of energy resource utilization from carbon-intensive fossil fuels (coal, oil) to lower carbon-emitting fuels (nuclear, natural gas) or renewables (wind, geothermal, solar, biofuels)
  • Creates guidelines for industry best practices 

In order to promote technological improvement and address environmental and other issues related to energy resource development, the primary functions of CERTAIN are to:

  • facilitate communication, research collaboration, education, outreach, and proposal development among faculty and staff researchers within Ohio State.
  • serve as a communication link and research partner involving industry, government agencies, NGOs, and universities throughout the region.
  • provide a forum to facilitate discussion of energy and environmental issues related to renewable and non-renewable resource development.

The evolutionary transformation from SERC to CERTAIN reflects the progressive maturation of the oil and gas industry both in Ohio and in the US, and the inevitable need for a more balanced representation of renewable as well as non-renewable energy development and their environmental and socio-economic impacts to Ohio and the U.S.  Our strategic transition capitalizes on the wealth of expertise at OSU that can contribute to our understanding of the complex science, technologic, socio-economic and environmental challenges associated with development and deployment of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.