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Bulent Sorlioglu

April 01, 2016

Compressors are all around us. They can be found in machines ranging from implantable medical devices to aircraft engines and in products from almost every industrial sector. The one thing that all compressors have in common is that the electric motors that drive them consume energy—a lot of energy.

March 08, 2016

The fact that Arizona residents typically pay less for photovoltaic (PV) rooftop panels than Wisconsinites is not particularly surprising. But sunshine hours alone do not explain the dynamics of the solar PV market, a recent study led by a University of Wisconsin–Madison researcher found.

March 03, 2016

Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State University), and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) – are making progress on a shared mission to develop technologies that will bring advanced biofuels to the marketplace, reporting today the disclosure of their 500th invention.


February 29, 2016

A Feb. 21 article in the State Journal by Marion Ceraso from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism highlighted criticism of the state’s pollinator plan for not doing enough to help Wisconsin’s bees.

Tricia Andrew Marianne Fairbanks

February 29, 2016

Marianne Fairbanks is bringing decades of experience with dyes, fibers, and design to the development of a technology she’s been dreaming of for years: solar textile.

Microgrid Exploration Station

February 26, 2016

People who don’t understand microgrids–or energy in general–can get their eyes and hands on microgrids with a portable Microgrid Exploration Station created by the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Metrecycle Team

February 17, 2016

There’s an afterlife to every device nowadays, whether that be a dresser drawer or a landfill in some country an ocean away. 

Exxon Mobil Partnership

February 17, 2016

Low oil prices are restraining the ability of renewable energy technologies to compete, but work forges ahead on alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.

And Big Oil is helping to find some of those alternatives.


February 15, 2016

For a world hooked on fossil carbons, the vials of amber syrup in Jim Dumesic’s lab are full of sweet potential. Dumesic’s group caused a stir in research circles and the media in 2014 by publishing a paper in the journal Science describing a new scheme for breaking down biomass and unlocking its polysaccharides.

Jim Rawlings

February 11, 2016

A University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineering professor known for his work in chemical process monitoring and control, a chemical engineering alumnus who is a leader in the pharmaceutical industry, an environmental engineer who has made significant contributions to water chemistry, and an engineering mechanics alumnus who gained international notoriety for his role in de