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New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

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PULLMAN, Wash. – A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source. » 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 …

LaCrosse farmer fuels equipment with his crop

 

 

 

 

LACROSSE, Wash. – When LaCrosse area farmer Steve Camp takes stock of his harvest later this year, he’ll measure at least part of it in gallons instead of bushels.

 

For the past three years, the fifth generation wheat and barley farmer has dedicated part of his operation to camelina, an oilseed crop as old as the pharaohs and one of the newest possibilities for sustainable biofuels production.

 

Last year, he grew camelina, had it crushed commercially and used it to run his Kubota tractor and Dodge pick-up. This past winter, he pressed some more of what he’d grown using … » More …

Green Bike program to temporary close

 

 

 

PULLMAN – The Green Bike Program will close temporarily for routine maintenance Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 3-4.

 

All bicycles in the Green Bike fleet will undergo routine maintenance and cleaning for a two-day period in order to prepare for the Fall 2010 academic semester. During this time, people who check out bikes on Monday, Aug. 2 will still have 24 hours to return their bike on Aug. 3. Green Bike users will not be able to check out bikes again until Thursday, Aug. 5.

 

Bikes will be available for check out at the Compton Union Building … » More …

WSU prof couple driven to sustain


PULLMAN — Robert and Cecilia Richards make a bold statement about energy sustainability, every time they go for a drive.  The couple, both professors in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, recently purchased their eye-popping pink, eerily-quiet electric car, called the Xebra, in an effort to reduce emissions and do their part for the environment.  

“We’re concerned about global warming and greenhouse gases,” Robert said. “As engineers we want to find solutions that really work … » More …

WSU professor welcomes biofuel challenge

If the U.S. is to reduce dependence on imported oil through the expanded the use of clean biofuels as President Bush suggested recently in his State of the Union Address, there’s a bit more work to do, according to John Browse, professor at the WSU Institute for Biological Chemistry.Although it’s true that you can make biofuel out of many types of plant oil, Browse said using any old oil as fuel for your car or truck can lead to problems. One of his lab’s research focuses, undertaken about six years ago, concerns the production of biodiesel from crop plants.Oils that are high in the smaller polyunsaturated fats … » More …