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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 …

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 …

Researchers determine key improvement for fuel cells

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

McEwenPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), a promising clean energy technology that has struggled to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace. » 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 …

Doctoral student receives national award for biofuels work

By Zahra Debbek, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Alyssa-HensleyPULLMAN, Wash. – Alyssa Hensley, who will graduate with a doctoral degree this month from Washington State University, recently received a national award so she could present her research about making biofuels more reliable. » More …

Researcher receives grant to improve biofuel production

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

McEwenPULLMAN, Wash. – A researcher at Washington State University has received a three-year $450,000 federal grant to develop computer models for using iron to more efficiently refine bio-oils and make better biofuels. » More …