About CERTAIN.

The Center for Energy Research, Training, and Innovation, formerly known as Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC), contributes to the knowledge of energy resource development and its associated environmental issues, as well as serves as a resource to policy makers.

The Ohio State Center for Energy Research, Training, and Innovation (CERTAIN) contributes to the knowledge of energy resource development and its associated environmental issues, as well as serves as a resource to policy makers. CERTAIN effectively organizes and mobilizes our competencies into an interdisciplinary university center that serves as an “honest broker” to interface between industry, government agencies and non-government organizations.

Vision: Establish a premier center known worldwide for conducting research, education and outreach that promotes environmentally responsible, economically feasible and sustainable best practices for developing and managing renewable (RE) and non-renewable energy resources (NRE).

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

Technical Goals: Become Ohio State’s STEM-focused loci of technically-sound, data-driven energy-and environmental science that leads to:

  • knowledge generation, dissemination, and public outreach; 
  • technical innovation related to all forms of energy (renewables, fossil fuels, nuclear, and CO2 management)
  • decision-making geared toward responsibly developing, managing, and transforming the future of energy resource utilization from carbon-intensive fossil fuels (coal) to lower carbon-emitting fuels (nuclear, natural oil and gas) or renewables (wind, geothermal, solar, biofuels)
  • guidelines for industry best practices 

The Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC), the predecessor to CERTAIN, was established at The Ohio State University in 2011 in response to recent technical advances that are leading to the expansion of horizontal drilling for hydrocarbon-bearing shale and other resources across Ohio. As one of the nation’s largest research universities and the state’s land-grant institution, Ohio State has a wealth of expertise to contribute to subsurface resource development and its associated environmental issues, as well as a responsibility to serve as a resource to policy makers.

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

  • facilitate communication and collaboration between faculty educators and researchers within Ohio State.
  • provide a communication link among industry, government agencies, NGOs, and universities throughout the state.
  • provide a forum to facilitate discussion of energy and environmental issues related to subsurface resource development.

Shale development will be the near-term primary focus of SERC, but other energy resource development issues will also be addressed as opportunities and needs arise.