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June 29, 2015

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car’s rolling tire friction. 

An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles.

Radloff Energy Paper

June 23, 2015

A group of researchers, professors and students gathered in the Wisconsin Energy Institute June 17 to hear energy policy expert Gary Radloff describe how a commitment to technology innovation can drive a stronger, cleaner energy system.

Alan Carroll

June 22, 2015

The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. The Massive Open Online Course “Energy and the Earth” will give thousands of people an online forum in which to explore these topics.

The course launched Sunday and runs through July 18; learners can sign up at any time.

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.

June 09, 2015

Raluca Scarlat's research is motivated by a big goal: to develop an advanced nuclear reactor that's economically competitive with natural gas power plants in the relatively near future.

June 04, 2015

We don’t think about it when we turn on the faucet for a cold drink of water, but it takes quite a bit of energy to fill that glass. How much energy is a question that University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate students Andrew Behm, Andy Lick, and Annie Lord spent this past spring pursuing.

HIttinger and Suen

May 29, 2015

Genetics assistant professor Chris Hittinger and bacteriology assistant professor Garret Suen have been selected to receive Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Awards.

May 26, 2015

Energy researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are excited about the upcoming installation of three high-performance motor dynamometers in the high-bay lab of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) and in UW’s Engineering Hall. Dynamometers, or “dynos”, are devices used to measure the torque, speed, and power produced by rotating electric machines.

biodegradable chips

May 26, 2015

Portable electronics — typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials — are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.

May 21, 2015

A Ford F-150 pickup truck doesn’t exactly scream “tree hugger.” Yet researchers at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute have turned one into a billboard for sustainable and renewable energy.