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Into the future – driving with no noise or pollution

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Dr. Su Ha(r) with graduate student Byeong Wan Kwon (WSU news)

A research team at WSU with Drs. M. Grant Norton and Su Ha and 12 graduate students in the Voilland College of Engineering and Architecture have been collaborating with the Boeing Corporation and Korea’s Kyung Hee University to develop the first fuel cell that converts chemical energy to electrical energy.

This project has been underway almost nine years after Boeing requested research proposals to develop new environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies for use in their aircraft. Boeing has funded this research since … » More …

Barbeque or heat – one day the fuel may come from the same source

Recently, Dr. Manuel Garcia-Perez, an assistant professor and scientist, and his graduate students who study biosystems engineering in the WSU Reaugh Laboratory for Oil and Gas Research, garnered some attention for their research. The research in their lab addresses the environmental burden associated with the world’s declining petroleum resources by using new thermochemical conversion concepts. They are helping to advance the emerging biofuels industry by developing pyrolysis technologies. The same technology that produces charcoal used in many barbeques this summer is also a building block for helping the vision of a commercial, wood-based biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest become a reality.

Through … » More …