Stories indexed under: Energy

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  • Photo: Suman Banerjee ‘My Earth’ energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors April 20, 2015 For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible.
  • Photo: Chemical phase map Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future April 20, 2015 In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.
  • Photo: Cultivation of an irrigated field Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide April 2, 2015 Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study today (April 2, 2015) that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.
  • Photo: Bruce Beihoff UW and M-WERC expand Wisconsin’s energy industry March 23, 2015 Researchers at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing an industry partnership that promises to create jobs here in Wisconsin.
  • Researchers develop new approach that combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion March 10, 2015 In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy.
  • Photo: Ronald Raines Bioenergy center’s research leads to 100th patent application Feb. 25, 2015 The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.
  • Photo: Aicardo Roa-Espinosa Helping Wisconsin dairy farms produce ‘brown gold’ Feb. 20, 2015 In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource in little danger of running low: cow manure, also known as "brown gold."
  • Johnson Controls partners with UW-Madison to reduce commercial energy costs Feb. 19, 2015 Johnson Controls began when founder Warren Johnson invented the thermostat in 1885, and today the Milwaukee-based controls company is working toward another major innovation in heating and cooling in collaboration with UW-Madison chemical engineers. A research group led by Jim Rawlings, the Paul A. Elfers professor and W. Harmon Ray professor of chemical and biological engineering, has partnered with Johnson Controls to develop better HVAC control systems for its clients in large commercial buildings.
  • New fiber-optic monitoring tools could help industry unlock geothermal energy Feb. 16, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscientists and engineers are working with industry partners and the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a highly detailed monitoring system for geothermal wells.
  • Photo: Lump of fool's gold Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material Nov. 18, 2014 As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.
  • Photo: Bill Provencher New master’s program in energy conservation is first of its kind Nov. 7, 2014 A new professional master's program will launch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2015 and become the first in the world specifically designed to train analytically minded students to evaluate energy efficiency and other resource-conservation initiatives.
  • Photo: Shannon Stahl New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals Nov. 3, 2014 Scientists today disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in "green chemistry" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Mayor Soglin and international experts to discuss future of cities at UW Energy Summit Oct. 27, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY 10/27/2014
  • Photo: Sara Souther Drilling in the dark: Biological impacts of fracking still largely unknown Aug. 1, 2014 As production of shale gas soars, the industry's effects on nature and wildlife remain largely unexplored, according to a study by a group of conservation biologists published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on August 1.
  • Photo: Bored cylinders in an open engine block are pictured at the Caterpillar Engine Lab Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine July 15, 2014 The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick. Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.
  • WEI atrium Wisconsin Energy Institute building receives design awards May 20, 2014 The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received Project of the Year and Best Green-Built honors for its dedication to sustainability in design, construction and functionality at this year's Commercial Design Awards.
  • Photo: Kyoung-Shin Choi New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel Feb. 21, 2014 Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains.
  • Old control room at the plant Charter Street Heating Plant keeps campus comfortable Feb. 6, 2014 The Charter Street Heating Plant is responsible for keeping the 65,000 people who work and study on campus in more than 300 buildings comfortable.
  • Renewable chemical ready for biofuels scale-up Jan. 16, 2014 Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s ripe with possibility for biofuels.
  • Agricultural buffer along Black Earth Creek Perennial energy crops could provide environmental benefits Nov. 26, 2013 Rows of corn and soybeans cover rolling hills, stitched together by creeks and woodlands that compose southwest Wisconsin's agricultural patchwork. These complex landscapes provide clean water, wildlife habitat and climate benefits, yet, historically their value has been measured in just one way: bushels per acre.