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Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

slash map of northwestPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue — the leftovers from trees after logging — that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use. » More …

Safe, low-cost sodium battery nets $500k research grant

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College intern

Beckman Banerjee WSU battery research
Beckman, Banerjee (l-r)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $500,000 Department of Energy grant to develop safer, low-cost batteries for energy storage, a critical component for renewable energy. » 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 …

Student works to boost renewable energy in Philippines

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

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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 …

Summer internship leads to job months before graduation

By Ben Reynolds, AREVA

Jared-BeaucheneRICHLAND, Wash. – Jared Beauchene never figured he’d work in a nuclear fuel plant right out of college. But he will; in fact, he will start part-time as a mechanical engineer this fall with the AREVA company before turning full-time following spring graduation. » More …

WSU, Alaska Airlines partner to inspire STEM education

By Kathy Barnard, University Communications

Imagine-tomorrowPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University and hometown airline, Alaska Airlines, are joining forces to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for high school youth with the newly named Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Competition. » More …

Ask Dr. Universe: Will electricity ever run out?

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists could see and feel electricity in nature long before they discovered how to make it. Maybe you’ve seen it during a powerful electrical storm or felt a little shock from static electricity. » More …

State, federal representatives participate in energy summit

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University hosted its inaugural energy summit April 2 with a focus on storage technologies, one of the most critical challenges of incorporating renewable energy into the electric power grid. » More …

Undergrads earn scholarships for research in alternative fuels, renewable energy

PULLMAN, Wash. – Undergraduate research in alternative fuels and renewable energy got a boost thanks to support for four Washington State University students from the DeVlieg Foundation and Weyerhaeuser Company. » More …