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Alternative to wasteful methane flaring developed by WSU researchers

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. » More …

Researchers develop recycling for carbon fiber composites

carbon fiber composite PULLMAN, Wash. – A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. » More …

Research advances energy savings for oil, gas industries

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University research team has improved an important catalytic reaction commonly used in the oil and gas industries that could lead to dramatic energy savings and reduced pollution. » More …

Better water splitting advances renewable energy conversion

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

catlyst-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently create hydrogen from water – an important key in making renewable energy production and storage viable. » More …

Novel method creates important chemicals simply, cheaply

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Norbert-KrusePULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University research team has used a simple, common industrial process in a new way to create chemicals used widely as fuel additives and as feedstock for plasticizers, detergents, lubricants and cosmetics. » More …

Researchers improve catalyst efficiency for clean industries

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Atom-trapping-of-PtO2-on-ceria-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers have developed a way to use less platinum in chemical reactions commonly used in the clean energy, green chemicals and automotive industries, according to a paper published this week in Science. » More …

Researchers shed light on important catalyst structure

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

chemistry-coverPULLMAN, Wash. – Volkswagen’s disgrace last year for altering software to pass emissions tests highlighted a problem for the auto industry: People want vehicles that are both non-polluting and fuel efficient, but they are difficult to produce with current technologies. » More …

International agreement bolsters WSU graduate education

agreement-signedPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has entered into an agreement with Shandong Chambroad Holding Co. Ltd., a private Chinese corporation, to educate WSU doctoral students to meet significant societal needs in energy and environment. » More …

New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

catalyst-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. » More …