Meeting needs while protecting the environment
Energy production is the linchpin of America’s security. To reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy, our nation must shed its reliance on fossil fuels. Energy systems that replace them must safeguard the environment by minimizing impacts on water quality, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas production.
WSU researchers explore ways to advance a range of alternative clean technologies, including wind, solar, and bioenergy. At the same time, they rethink traditional energy resources to make them more dependable and ecofriendly. They seek reliable, efficient methods of energy storage and transmission.
Materials and devices developed at WSU have spawned pioneering ventures in alternative fuels, energy storage strategies, and advanced battery materials. WSU research attracts science, technology, and business investment to Washington from around the world.
WSU scientists join forces with top minds nationwide to advance America’s migration toward sustainable energy sources.
WSU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-lead this research center, which aims to foster a new industry to develop environmentally friendly, alternative jet fuels. The center’s efforts promise to create jobs and advance Washington’s aviation and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Led by WSU, NARA is an alliance of public universities, government laboratories, and private industry. It aims to create a sustainable industry for producing carbon-neutral aviation biofuels, using forest residues from logging operations (biomass material remaining in forests that have been harvested) as feedstock.
WSU researchers collaborate with scientists at PNNL, creating a global hub for research on thermal processing, chemical transformation control, power grid modernization, and various biotechnologies.
- Efficient and sustainable energy production
- Available and affordable energy
- Development of renewable sources of energy
- Healthy environments and energy production
Multimillion dollar grant to support nuclear waste cleanup
Research probes how radiation changes nuclear waste over time
Safe management of nuclear waste is vital to national security and a primary mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). … » More …Read Story
Wood-based biofuel powers cross-country flight
WSU-led coalition partners with Alaska Airlines for the world’s first commercial flight using fuel made from forest residuals.
In November 2016 a commercial airplane powered by jet fuel made from … » More …Read Story
Ensuring a reliable power supply
WSU teams with the U.S. Department of Energy in “smart grid” research and education
On a hot August day in 2003, a falling tree branch in Ohio triggered a power … » More …Read Story
Developing new sources of transportation fuel
Scientists seek chemical-free ways to convert waste into biofuel
Tomorrow’s airplanes and automobiles may be fueled by today’s waste. An abundance of waste material known as cellulosic biomass could supply … » More …Read Story
Making clean energy viable
To make biofuel production cost-effective, scientists seek profit-generating byproducts
Can the ubiquitous evergreen trees and abundant crops of the Pacific Northwest cut the United States’ reliance on petroleum? Maybe—if questions … » More …Read Story