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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

February 10, 2016

Grassland bioenergy could be a win-win for Wisconsin’s farmers and its wildlife. A new University of Wisconsin—Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources study shows that converting marginal farmlands to perennial grassland biofuel crops could spell big gains for both landowners and birds in Wisconsin.

Solar Panels

February 09, 2016

Solar power increases for businesses and utilities in Wisconsin led to three times more solar power installations for 2015 than any other before, according to numbers from Renew Wisconsin.

Power-generating shoes

February 08, 2016

When you’re on the go and your smartphone battery is low, in the not-so-distant future you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe.

nuclear energy

January 28, 2016

Energy experts are taking different sides on whether Wisconsin should pass new legislation that would allow for the construction of new nuclear power plants.  

January 26, 2016

On January 15th, 2016 a collaborative team led by UW–Madison’s Grainger Professor of Power Engineering and Wisconsin Energy Institute affiliate Christopher DeMarco was awarded $1.9 million in research funding to develop data sets for large-scale, realistic and open-access network models of the rapidly evolving U.S. electrical power grid.

January 25, 2016

A Madison company that helps keep computer data centers humming is getting a pot of investor money.

Ebullient has raised $1.2 million and expects to finalize another $1.2 million by the end of the month, said founder and CEO Tim Shedd.

January 19, 2016

Marianne Fairbanks took a look around the UW-Madison studio where she teaches weaving — a classroom filled with large, wooden floor looms that some might describe as “quaint” — and came up with another idea.

She bought a used floor loom herself, then commissioned an artist to paint it in a “futuristic” style.

biofuel teaching

December 24, 2015

What are biofuels? How can they help us meet our future energy needs while minimizing negative environmental impacts?

With support from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison, students in freshman biology classes at Monona Grove High School have been learning how to answer those questions through a process called bioprospecting.