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Tri-Cities team honored for clean tech business idea

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities technology and a business plan for converting the plant material lignin into biojet fuel won third place among 21 teams at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge finals last week. » More …

Student works to boost renewable energy in Philippines

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Elmar Villota

RICHLAND, Wash. – In Elmar Villota’s home country of the Philippines, as much as 15 percent of households do not have electricity. Villota, a doctoral student in biological systems engineering at Washington State University Tri-Cities, is motivated to close that gap with renewable energy. » More …

Researchers make breakthrough in biobased materials

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Xiao Zhang

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 …

Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. » 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 …