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The PNNL-led Battery500 consortium aims to significantly improve upon the batteries that power today’s electric vehicles by almost tripling the specific energy in lithium batteries. Pictured here is PNNL researcher Jason Zhang, who will co-lead the consortium’s group focused on improving electrodes and electrolytes. (Courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

PNNL-led effort seeks to improve energy stored in electric car batteries

By Frances White Electric cars with significantly smaller, lighter and less expensive batteries could be on the horizon if a...
PNNL’s Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System uses concentrated solar power to convert natural gas into more valuable fuels, including hydrogen for fuel cell cars. The system is among 12 PNNL-developed technologies that are receiving grants from DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund to move them closer to commercial use. (Courtesy PNNL)

The clean dozen: 12 techs near commercial use

By Frances White A dozen clean energy technologies that enable everything from lightweight, fuel-sipping cars to the expansion of renewable...

Maintaining low-cost electricity vital for state’s clean-tech industries

By Don C. Brunell Since the construction of Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams, Washington has enjoyed an abundance of low...
In July, 83-year-old Aaron Hines celebrated 50 years as a professional barber. He works parttime at Ganzel’s Barber Shop in Richland where he started his career.

Richland barber has no plans to cut 50-year career short

When Aaron Hines and his three younger brothers needed a haircut, their dad would plop them down in the kitchen...

Couple creates music hot spot in downtown Prosser

When Marty and Lenee Taylor put in an offer to buy the old 6th Street Café in downtown Prosser last...
LoAnn Ayers, new United Way president and CEO, is also a proud Washington State University alumni and United Way volunteer.

Campaign launch underway—full speed ahead for new United Way president

Having just completed work on a five-year, $2.6 million grant for Washington State University in June, LoAnn Ayers started as...
IsoRay Medical develops and manufactures Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds for use in medical treatments of many different cancers. The company was considering relocating to Arizona when the Port of Benton stepped in and helped it purchase 4.2 acres to build a new facility in Richland. Rendering courtesy of ALD Architects.

Port keeps IsoRay from relocating, creates new jobs

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJoB IsoRay Medical is staying in the Tri-Cities after all. Initially spun off by scientists from...
Catholic Charities Housing Services is expected to start construction on a $11.7 million senior housing project in Prosser September 1. Rendering courtesy of ZBA Architects.

Catholic Charities to break ground on Prosser senior housing project

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJoB If you’re not looking for it, you don’t see it. But Bryan Ketcham, director of...
Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo

Benton-Franklin Fair aims to give attendees “Best Week of Summer”

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJoB Lori Lancaster has a unique way of looking at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo....
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New editor named at Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

An editor with more than 21 years of journalism experience joins the staff of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business...

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