Stories indexed under: Energy

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  • 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.
  • Photo: Paul Block Water systems research fills in the details for Africa's largest dam Nov. 22, 2013 When the government of Ethiopia finishes building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2017 or 2018, it will not only have built the largest hydroelectric power-generation plant in Africa, but also stirred up tensions among African nations, and indelibly altered a river that itself has guided millennia of human history in the region.
  • The chemistry of color: Energy researcher develops dye-based solar cells Oct. 11, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers working at the intersection of basic and applied science focus on key factors like cost, environmental impacts ... and sometimes, color.
  • Photo: marginal farmland in foreground, croplands in background Marginal land in demand: researchers explore farmer willingness to grow energy crops Sept. 24, 2013 In their quest to make cellulosic biofuel a viable energy option, many researchers are looking to marginal lands - those unsuitable for growing food - as potential real estate for bioenergy crops. However, few people have asked: how do farmers feel about using their marginal lands for fuel production?
  • Photo: Bill Banholzer Retired Dow exec joins UW, will focus on innovation Sept. 6, 2013 An industry executive who has spent his entire career translating inventions into products that are both profitable and beneficial to society has joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Discovery of new enzyme could yield better plants for biofuel Aug. 15, 2013 For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin - a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.
  • Photo: Mark Lukowski New catalyst could cut cost of making hydrogen fuel July 2, 2013 A discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may represent a significant advance in the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" that would use this abundant element to store and transfer energy.
  • Photo: Schematic Future looks bright for carbon nanotube solar cells June 18, 2013 In an approach that could challenge silicon as the predominant photovoltaic cell material, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have developed an inexpensive solar cell that exploits carbon nanotubes to absorb and convert energy from the sun.
  • Innovative solar cell structure stores and supplies energy simultaneously June 6, 2013 The potential energy available via solar power might seem limitless on a sunny summer day, but all that energy has to be stored for it to be truly useful. If you see a solar panel on a rooftop, in a large-scale array, or even on a parking meter, a bulky battery or supercapacitor is hidden just out of sight, receiving energy from the panel through power lines.
  • New ‘green’ method to help upgrade biomass waste into valuable chemicals April 23, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison chemists have identified an approach to use oxygen gas to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could allow it to replace fossil fuels as a source of chemical feedstocks.