June 15, 2015
“How air quality and energy affect each other is the single biggest story no one is hearing about,” says Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of environmental studies and chair of this year’s Energy Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
January 29, 2015
In 2013, with 160 patents, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was near the pinnacle of the university patent heap.
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.
January 23, 2015
Like any process, converting the sun’s energy into liquid fuels requires a sophisticated, interrelated series of choices. But what makes a “solar refinery” so tricky to map out is that, as one decides how to spark a solar-powered reaction that turns carbon dioxide and water into hydrocarbon fuels, so many steps could potentially involve newly developed and experimental technologies.
January 14, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher-performance electronics with improved battery life — and the ability to flex and stretch.
December 11, 2014
The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops.
December 11, 2014
With expertise in energy storage systems for electric vehicles, smart-grid technology and military applications, Deyang Qu will be the first Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research—a collaborative appointment among Johnson Controls, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Enginee
December 04, 2014
In 1954, a highly accomplished 65-year-old chemistry professor named Farrington Daniels “sought solace in the sun, the poor man’s atomic power plant,” according, that is, to his wife Olive. Her 1978 biography, Farrington Daniels: Chemist and Prophet of the Solar Age, paints a vivid picture of Daniels’ vision of spreading solar energy research from Madison to the world.
November 20, 2014
In June of 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its first ever guidelines for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. Called the Clean Power Plan, it proposes cutting carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 emission levels by 2030.
November 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.