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Car by small hydrogen fueling station. Courtesy The Protium Company
Spring 2021

Hydrogen fuel research at WSU

Washington State University is home to the Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Laboratory. As the only cryogenic hydrogen research laboratory in US academia, HYPER has a number of projects to improve hydrogen production and storage, all at extremely cold temperatures below 130 Kelvin (-225°F).

Read more about hydrogen fuel and the rising green hydrogen economy.

Hydrogen refueling stations

Current refueling stations use large and expensive hydrogen compressors to achieve the necessary pressure for fuel storage.  Those large compressors are also prone to breakdowns. A new method called cryogenic thermal compression being tested at WSU may … » More …

Fall 2010

Cultivating new energy

With just a whiff of irony, let’s sing a song of praise for gasoline.

A single gallon contains more than 30,000 calories. You wouldn’t want to drink it, but in straight-up energy terms, that’s enough to power a human for about two weeks.

Gasoline is convenient, portable, and for the most part, cheap. For the purposes of this story, I used it to log more than 1,000 miles around Washington State and make appointments, easily, and always on time. Tank low? More than 2,000 filling stations were out there for me to fill her up and pay with a piece of plastic.

“The liquid fuel … » More …