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Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry
October 5, 2017

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

slash map of northwestPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue — the leftovers from trees after logging — that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use.

WSU researchers receive $2.3M to improve U.S. power grid design
August 14, 2017

By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $2.3 million Department of Energy grant to more efficiently distribute power and better manage outages for the U.S. electric power grid.

Alternative to wasteful methane flaring developed by WSU researchers
August 1, 2017

Bakken methane flareBy Eric Sorensen, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Jean-Sabin McEwen knocks out a Web search for “North Dakota,” “night sky” and “flaring,” and quickly finds a picture from space showing a glowing cluster bigger than Minneapolis. It’s from oil and gas fields burning off methane, producing as much greenhouse gas in a year as 1 million cars.

Safe, low-cost sodium battery nets $500k research grant
April 11, 2017

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College intern

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.

Tri-Cities team honored for clean tech business idea
April 3, 2017

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.

Wolcott named to DOE’s, USDA’s biomass research panel
March 30, 2017

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.

March 27: Hanford lecture series begins today
March 27, 2017

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy to host a lecture series about the Hanford Site and the DOE’s missions there.

New way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts
March 23, 2017

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.

WSU, PNNL energy researcher wins national award
February 28, 2017

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.