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Safe, low-cost sodium battery nets $500k research grant

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College intern

Beckman Banerjee WSU battery research
Beckman, Banerjee (l-r)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $500,000 Department of Energy grant to develop safer, low-cost batteries for energy storage, a critical component for renewable energy. » More …

Tri-Cities team honored for clean tech business idea

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities technology and a business plan for converting the plant material lignin into biojet fuel won third place among 21 teams at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge finals last week. » More …

Wolcott named to DOE’s, USDA’s biomass research panel

PULLMAN, Wash. – Michael Wolcott, Washington State University Regents Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named to the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, which advises both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. » More …

New way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts. » More …

WSU, PNNL energy researcher wins national award

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University professor and alumnus Yong Wang has won the American Chemical Society’s annual Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division fellow award. A symposium in his honor will be held during the society’s national meeting in New Orleans in March. » More …

Today: Exhibit opens of U.S. solar decathlon entry

PULLMAN, Wash. – An exhibit of Washington State University’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 will open to the public at 4:30 p.m. today, Jan. 30, on the ground floor of Carpenter Hall. Team members will answer questions and refreshments will be served. » More …

Chancellor named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – H. Keith Moo-Young, chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities, has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. » More …

Study finds people are willing to pay more for new biofuels

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. » More …

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. » More …