January 28, 2015
In spring of 2015, a Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) seed grant will help kick off an exciting new construction project at the Tantalus Lab in Stoughton, Wis., an off-campus research site owned by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
August 14, 2014
If you’ve ever spread manure over your field or garden, you’ve probably already got a basic understanding of the role of carbon in enhancing yield and promoting soil quality. A vital soil component, soil carbon provides plant nutrients and determines many of the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties.
August 11, 2014
Associate researcher Paul Meier was asked to review what impact the new EPA carbon emission rules might have on West Virginia in particular by Politifact. You can find his quotes in the full article »
Is President Barack Obama poised to stop any more coal from burning in the United States?
August 05, 2014
A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified the genes and enzymes that create a promising compound — the 19 carbon furan-containing fatty acid (19Fu-FA). The compound has a variety of potential uses as a biological alternative for compounds currently derived from fossil fuels.
August 05, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials from the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) joined Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other key leaders today to formally unveil plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that will accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry.
August 01, 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.
July 25, 2014
Declining prices, coupled with tax incentives, are driving increased use of distributed energy resources. This creates a challenge for a traditional electrical transmission and distribution system that was not designed for flexible load tracking and large numbers of distributed energy resources. The authors propose a new dynamic distribution system that has the responsibility of tracking load fluctuations, firming intermittent renewables and providing a distribution-level marketplace.
July 23, 2014
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012, most of lower Manhattan went dark, and it was almost two weeks before most of the power was restored. But in one building in Greenwich Village, the lights stayed on and the heat kept working (and the building’s population doubled). That’s because, as University of Wisconsin engineering professor Thomas Jahns explained, that building had “its own miniature version of a utility grid”: a microgrid.
July 16, 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.
July 15, 2014
The week of June 16 marked the annual Bioenergy Institute for Educators program at the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s (GLBRC) education and outreach staff, the Institute welcomed educators to learn about the latest bioenergy breakthroughs and how to bring contemporary energy content into their classrooms.
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.