Search ETDs:
The Utilization of Renewable Energy Systems in the Identification of Opportunity Zones in Ohio
Van Volkinburg, Kyle Robert

2010, Master of Science, Ohio State University, Mechanical Engineering.

With the passing of its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard Ohio has committed itself to the generation of electricity from alternative and renewable recourses. Since the systems used to capture renewable energy are very expensive, it would make good business since to draw companies who produce renewable energy capturing systems into Ohio to develop and manufacture the necessary components thus providing jobs and keeping Ohio dollars in Ohio.


The purpose of this thesis is twofold: firstly, it involves the development of software that optimally sizes and places renewable energy systems (Photovoltaics, Wind Turbines, etc.) based on the amount of resources present. Secondly, it utilizes geographically detailed renewable energy resources, job classifications as outlined in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), and academic resources at statewide universities to establish what are being deemed as Opportunity Zones (OZs) around the state of Ohio.


Opportunity Zones (OZs) are areas in Ohio that offer a significant platform for renewable energy development. OZs were developed through the consideration of multiple variables geographically bounded using the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) economic regions.


After examination and interpretation of these variables the top three ODOD regions related to business growth for each of the following were determined and are summarized: solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal. The results for each are indentified in the following manner: Solar: region 5, region 8, and region 1; Wind: region 8, region 4, region 1; Biomass: region 4, region 1, region 8; and Geothermal: region 9, region 8, region 5.

Gregory Washington (Advisor)
Vish Subramaniam (Committee Member)
187 p.

Recommended Citations

Hide/Show APA Citation

Van Volkinburg, K. (2010). The Utilization of Renewable Energy Systems in the Identification of Opportunity Zones in Ohio. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Hide/Show MLA Citation

Van Volkinburg, Kyle. "The Utilization of Renewable Energy Systems in the Identification of Opportunity Zones in Ohio." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2010. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 27 Apr 2015.

Hide/Show Chicago Citation

Van Volkinburg, Kyle "The Utilization of Renewable Energy Systems in the Identification of Opportunity Zones in Ohio." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2010. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Files

osu1282058272.pdf (3.03 MB) View|Download