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WSU researchers find ways to recycle carbon fiber plastics

WSU researchers find ways to recycle carbon fiber plastics

April 4, 2019 |

In Washington state, a Washington State University research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. The works, reported in Polymer Degradation and Stability and Green Chemistry, exemplify two efficient […]

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Algae wastewater gets new life as valuable commodity thanks to microbes

Algae wastewater gets new life as valuable commodity thanks to microbes

October 8, 2017 |

In Washington, researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discovered a method of converting algae biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity. Waste is produced during the first step of converting algae to biofuels via hydrothermal liquefaction. The wastewater is usually hard to process because it has so many different […]

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WSU researchers develop better, faster way to grow algae

WSU researchers develop better, faster way to grow algae

July 24, 2017 |

In Washington state, Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Their work was reported in the journal Algal Research. The researchers developed a unique biofilm reactor that recycles gasses and uses less […]

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WSU research shows consumers willing to pay 11% premium for biofuels

WSU research shows consumers willing to pay 11% premium for biofuels

December 8, 2016 |

In Washington state, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. “We were surprised the premium was that significant,” said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of Economic Sciences. “We wanted to study people in different regions of the country, to make […]

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Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT center of excellence for alternative jet fuels

Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT center of excellence for alternative jet fuels

October 30, 2016 |

The ASCENT Center of Excellence at Washington State University is focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, including reducing noise, improving air quality, reducing climate impacts, and energy efficiency. Also, exploring ways to produce sustainable aviation fuels at commercial scale, creating an industry with the potential for large-scale economic development […]

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WSU researcher develop catalysts converting ethanol into isobutene

WSU researcher develop catalysts converting ethanol into isobutene

December 14, 2015 |

In Washington state, Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. The researchers have published a paper online describing the catalyst in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b07401) and have been […]

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Washington State University researchers team with Boeing on cellulosic aviation biofuel

Washington State University researchers team with Boeing on cellulosic aviation biofuel

December 3, 2015 |

In Washington state, 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. Bin Yang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering, said the hydrocarbons from his new procedure could eventually replace the need for petroleum-based fuel […]

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WSU researcher gets $494,000 grant to develop cellulosic-based aromatic hydrocarbons

WSU researcher gets $494,000 grant to develop cellulosic-based aromatic hydrocarbons

August 31, 2015 |

In Washington state, Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and performance of biofuels. Lei said he will use the biomass-derived catalysts to produce aromatic hydrocarbons, which are high-energy organic compounds […]

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Washington State University researchers make jet fuel from black fungus

Washington State University researchers make jet fuel from black fungus

May 13, 2015 |

In Washington state, Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, […]

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WSU economist tells biodiesel producers to get smarter to survive

WSU economist tells biodiesel producers to get smarter to survive

January 26, 2015 |

In Washington state, a Washington State University economist told biodiesel producers that in order to survive they must get smarter, from feedstock flexibility rather than reliance solely on canola to marketing byproducts such as meal for animal feed. He said expecting 20% returns year-on-year is unrealistic so much create business models that provide steady although […]

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