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Microbes generate electricity in Dana Hall outreach

    PULLMAN, Wash. – In a hallway in a building at the engineering end of campus, a string of small, red LED lights blink unobtrusively, powered by a bucket of muddy water.   Dedicated crews of microscopic bacteria in the mud generate electricity by doing what bacteria do best: eating.   “The microbes eat […]

Five research projects receive funding

Five WSU “waste-to-resources” research projects have been awarded grants by the Washington State Department of Ecology totaling $586,000. The five WSU projects are among six research and two demonstration proposals to receive funding under the department’s “Organic Waste to Resources” program, which awarded a total of just under $730,000 in grants. The competitive grants are […]

With forethought, holiday abundance won’t go to waste

The holidays generate 25 million tons of trash in the United States, an extra million tons per week during the five-week season. In an effort to decrease waste at WSU, a free workshop recently offered ideas for no- and low-waste holiday parties and gift giving. Sponsored by Campus Sustainability, University Recycling and Dining Services, the […]

Ecology Department awards $100,000 for anaerobic digester

Going from “rot to watt,” or turning farm waste into electricity, is the goal of a Washington State University (WSU) project that has just received a $100,000 boost from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).  WSU will use the money to finish building a portable anaerobic digester that turns farm waste, manure and household garbage […]

New research institute to turn ag wastes into energy, products

Four major Northwest research organizations are bringing together industry, processors, growers, universities and federal laboratories to develop new methods for converting agricultural and food processing residue and wastes into commercially valuable “bio-based” energy and industrial products. Members of the new Northwest Bioproducts Research Institute include the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, […]