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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.

Key alliances

WSU scientists join forces with top minds nationwide to advance America’s migration toward sustainable energy sources.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment (ASCENT)

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.

Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)

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.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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.

Research areas

  • Efficient and sustainable energy production
  • Available and affordable energy
  • Development of renewable sources of energy
  • Healthy environments and energy production