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WSU, PNNL convert biofuel waste into commodity, now targeting sewage sludge

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

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RICHLAND, Wash. – A method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity has been discovered by researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. » 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 …

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 …

April 11-13: Forum considers environmental uses of trees

AHB-logo-100PORTLAND, Ore. – A national forum about using poplar and willow for water treatment, land reclamation, biofuel and other environmental purposes will be held in Portland, Ore., April 11-13. » More …

New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Doctoral student Baran Arslan experienced bioproducts production processes this summer that he formerly had only seen in the lab on the nano scale. » More …

WSU to collaborate with Aalborg U.

AALBORG, Denmark — Washington State University and Aalborg University have signed an agreement of cooperation, with Professor Birgitte K. Ahring acting as an international bridge in the quest to develop biofuels and bioproducts that reduce the world’s dependence on oil.
 
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein was in Denmark for the June 16 ceremony. She met with Professor Ahring’s research team, visited the bioenergy labs at Aalborg University (AAU), and brought the agreement — which had been previously signed by WSU President Elson S. Floyd — to be signed by AAU’s Rector Finn Kjærsdam.

Ahring will become the director of WSU’s Center … » More …

International research star joins WSU

RICHLAND – An internationally recognized microbiologist is joining WSU as the director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy and as the Battelle Distinguished Professor, based at WSU Tri-Cities.

Birgitte Ahring signed the offer letter this week at her home in Denmark, agreeing to lead WSU’s interdisciplinary center that will focus research and academic programming in the use and conversion of biomass into bioproducts and biofuels.

“This is another example of Washington leading the way on clean energy and scientific research,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “Dr. Ahring’s scientific expertise will help our state develop bioproduct technologies that will drive innovation globally and job … » More …

$24 million lab to spur clean fuels

The $24 million biomass lab, being built in the Tri-Cities by Washington State University Tri-Cities and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will study ways to turn agricultural wastes into valuable products and will support the state’s push for clean biofuels. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Lab in Richland, was held April 13. The structure is  expected to be completed by late next year. For the complete story on the biomass building and research, go to The Puget Sound Business Journal at http://milwaukee.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2006/04/17/story7.htmlA story and video on the ground breaking by KXLY News can be found at http://www.wsutoday.wsu.edu/completestory.asp?StoryID=2874

Ceremony marks start of $24 M Tri-Cities project

A biodiesel-powered backhoe scooped out the first bucket of dirt on April 13 during a ground breaking of the Washington State University Tri-Cities’ new Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who spoke at the event, said the new laboratory will help Washington create new markets and industry in the bioproducts fields that will benefit the Mid-Columbia, the state and the nation. The $24 million research and teaching laboratory is being built through a partnership between Washington State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. For the complete Tri-Cities Herald story and several video clips go to http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/7625630p-7537321c.html . (The video clips require QuckTime7)