Stories indexed under: Energy

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  • 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.
  • Campus energy conservation, recycling efforts show measureable gains April 22, 2013 As the nation recognizes Earth Day on April 22, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is celebrating ongoing strides toward improving campus sustainability.
  • With 400th Ph.D. grad, UW-Madison celebrates a half century of fusion energy March 25, 2013 In the 1930s and '40s, many researchers studied ways to use fusion, the reaction in which atomic nuclei collide, fuse and release energy, to develop atomic weapons. Later, those same brilliant minds began to focus on beneficial applications of fusion, including developing plants that would produce electrical energy for society.
  • Energy institute fueling innovation in new facility March 19, 2013 Gazing out at the roughly 60,000 cars that cross the intersection at the Wisconsin Energy Institute’s (WEI’s) doorstep, the reason the building exists is clear — energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels — and WEI’s research is poised to address the problem.
  • Donohue elected president of American Society for Microbiology Feb. 15, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriology professor Timothy J. Donohue has been elected president of the American Society for Microbiology.
  • New biofuel conversion process cuts costly separating step Nov. 12, 2012 Using a biomass-derived solvent, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineers have streamlined the process for converting lignocellulosic biomass into high-demand chemicals or energy-dense liquid transportation fuel.
  • Community forum to focus on fracking and sand mining Oct. 24, 2012 Fracking, the controversial technology for opening natural gas deposits, will be the focus of a three-part Community Environmental Forum series beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building.
  • NSF funds UW sustainability project studying the human component of green buildings Sept. 27, 2012 Designing a "green" building involves considering a multitude of variables - everything from electrical efficiency to airflow controls to natural sources of light, heat and energy. But engineering more efficient building control systems is only part of the picture; for a building to be truly green, the occupants living and working within it need to know how to behave in a sustainable way as well.