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Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry

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. » 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 …

Researchers make breakthrough in biobased materials

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications. » More …

Scientist earns top national award for biofuels research

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

xiao-zhang-80RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University professor Xiao Zhang has received a prestigious National Science Foundation award to junior faculty for his work in converting tough plant material to liquid fuels. » More …

Video: Renewable biofuels process yields multiple benefits

By Betsy Fradd, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels

biofuels-productsEVERETT, Wash. – Keyboards, paints and fleece jackets have something in common. Each can be produced using a conversion process from renewable poplar trees. » More …

President’s blog: Lawmakers deliver for students, biofuels

perspectives-2012-120pPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are heading home after successfully completing their 2014 session on time. Their supplemental budget includes several critical provisions that will directly benefit students at Washington State University and throughout the state, and I thank them for that. » More …

Scientists receive $1.1 million for biofuels research


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RICHLAND – WSU scientists based in the Tri-Cities and Pullman are getting a combined $1.1 million for biofuels research from the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
DOE announced $80 million for biofuels projects, split between three consortia. WSU is one of several groups involved in the consortia and will receive funding as part of the two groups co-led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is getting $14 million. For more details, see the DOE press release.

For WSU Tri-Cities, this means $620,000 of research … » More …

‘Innovators’ series to feature noted biofuels researcher Norman Lewis

PULLMAN – Norman Lewis, regents professor and director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry at WSU, will give a far-reaching futuristic perspective of our growing energy needs, with an emphasis on biofuels, in Seattle this month as part of WSU’s “Innovators” luncheon.

 

In a world once again confronted with volatility in oil prices, with perceptions of a dwindling supply of fossil fuels, and with concerns that biofuels will negatively impact our food supply, Lewis believes solving the growing energy crisis with a sustainable domestic solution represents a “Grand Challenge” for both the nation and humanity.

 

Motivated by soaring oil prices and our … » More …