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WSU cleantech expertise helps new & established industry

The fourth year of the CleanTech Showcase was one for the books. Washington State University has been a proud sponsor of the Showcase since day one, and kudos go to the Clean Tech Alliance for this year’s record attendance, number of presenting companies and exhibitors, and high-quality keynote speakers. As the CleanTech Alliance and the event have grown, so has WSU’s cleantech portfolio and accomplishments, which were reflected in this year’s presence. The University’s basic and applied research, Extension services, and technology development make it a valuable partner when working with established businesses, startups, and public agencies to advance a greener future.

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Public-private partnership for greener materials

Many clean technologies are dependent on rare earth elements and other materials that are expensive and difficult to acquire sustainably.

Washington state is home to a strong clean technology industry and world-class research institutions. As a result, both public and private sectors are committed to finding alternative material options that overcome these challenges. To demonstrate that commitment, the legislature established the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials in 2015. » More …

STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: Semplice

Greek yogurt is the fastest growing dairy product line in America. The benefits of yogurt consumption are well-documented, but Greek yogurt production results in a large amount of acidic whey; a byproduct that the yogurt industry has no economic use for.

A WSU food science team has developed a solution: a tasty new low-calorie beverage that provides a boost of protein and potassium. The sports drink reduces food waste while also giving the yogurt industry a new revenue stream. » More …

A Q&A with Innovator Juming Tang

WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang serving up the results of new food safety technology.
WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang serving up the results of new food safety technology.

WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang is well-versed in moving discoveries developed in the lab to the marketplace. Recently, the global research journal International Innovation featured the technologies he developed through years of basic research that could revolutionize pre-packaged food. The feature also included a Q&A that gives insight into the process of getting new technologies to the public.

Check out interview below, and learn the history of research and development that led to the technology here: A microwaveable future: improving sterilisation and pasteurisation. » More …

WSU Clean Technologies Preview: CleanTech Showcase 2016

This academic year held several cleantech milestones for WSU – from winning the CleanTech Achievement award in November to breaking ground on the PACCAR Environmental Technology building in May. This month, Washington’s cleantech industry can get a glimpse into the innovation driving those milestones by attending the third annual CleanTech Showcase. Several faculty will present their research and commercialization activities in alternative fuel, sustainable design, and advanced materials – three of WSU’s major cleantech strengths.

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Counter Bias Training Simulation reaches officers with gap fund support

In September, nearly 600 police executives, managers, trainers, and officers will observe the launch of Counter Bias Training Simulation developed at WSU, thanks in part to the Commercialization Gap Fund.

“Without the gap fund, we would not be able to get our interactive training into the hands of the police officers who will benefit,” said Lois James, the researcher who developed the training.

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Cross-state collaboration fosters student entrepreneurship

Engage student startup with prototype of their product, SafeShot
Engage student startup with prototype of their product, SafeShot

For two students who did not think much of entrepreneurship a year ago, Emily Willard and Katherine Brandenstein have been making quite a splash in Washington’s biotech startup space.

Their company – Engage – started as a senior design class assignment and evolved into a full time job that they will pursue after graduation.
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Startup Spotlight: Protium Innovations

Screenshot 2016-04-28 13.45.53Protium Innovations, LLC

Researchers: Jacob Leachman, Patrick Adam, Ian Richardson, Elijah Shoemake

Launched: 2015

Problem: Our dependence on oil and the pollution created by burning fossil fuels has prompted a tremendous amount of research and development of alternative fuel options. Liquified hydrogen – which can be used in fuel cells to power electric car and aircraft – is one of the cleanest alternative fuel options that can also be produced in the U.S. from a variety of sources. Current methods to liquefy hydrogen are difficult and costly, however, keeping this promising alternative fuel source from widespread adoption.

Solution: Members from Protium Innovations pioneered several foundational technologies while at WSU that will enable renewable producers to increase the value of their energy and to create a new market for selling their excess capacity. » More …