Ohio is asking eight of its universities to share their knowledge about advanced energy in an effort to help the state emerge as a world leader in the field and create a "green-collar" work force, reports the Associated Press. The "Ohio Centers of Excellence" would offer expertise in areas such as solar panels, algae-based fuels, climate change, and energy storage. Each will help speed up the growth of Ohio’s advanced energy economy by creating new technologies and refreshing old ones, producing new businesses and creating a pipeline of technical skilled workers, said Gov. Ted Strickland. "It’s this simple: when we grow these new industries we will grow jobs in Ohio," he said. "We are partnering to produce a green-collar work force capable of competing with workers anywhere on earth." Each university offers its own specific area of study and will work with other schools to avoid duplication, officials said. The state will seek to develop targeted programs at each school using state research funds as well as private and federal grants. The participating schools are Bowling Green, Case Western Reserve, Central State, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio State, Ohio University, and Toledo…

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