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

By Eric 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

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 …

Dan Howell to speak on wind farm development

PULLMAN —“Renewable Energy – Our Future — Wind Energy – The Pine Tree Wind Farm Development and Construction” will be the subject at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 lectured by Dan Howell, vice president of wind projects for Kiewit Power Inc.


The event, sponsored by the School of Architecture and Construction Management and the Institute of Sustainable Design, (ISD) takes place in Carpenter Hall, Room 102 on the WSU Pullman campus.


Howell, a 1978 WSU Construction Management graduate, has worked for 31 years for the Kiewit Construction Group. He currently coordinates the company’s wind farm construction … » More …

WSU’s first renewable energy engineering class



With a generous gift of $150,000 over five years from Puget Sound Energy (PSE), School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty members Mohamed Osman and Luis Perez will offer engineering and science students the opportunity to learn about a variety of renewable energy sources in a course focusing on wind, solar and fuel cell energy, as well as exploring emerging technologies.


The class emerges from the need to address the ever changing landscape of energy consumption and demand. The dramatic rise in fuel and volatility in natural gas prices since 2003 is challenging … » More …