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The presence of lignin in secondary plant cell walls can be visualized using specific dyes. On this cross section of an Arabidopsis stem, the lignin has been stained red.

August 15, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin — a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.

August 08, 2013

Lady beetles and energy to power your car or your lights may not seem as if they belong in the same sentence until you visit Professor Claudio Gratton, an entomologist working in the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 08, 2013

DOE Bioenergy Research Center Directors, GM Executive Attend House Science and National Labs Caucus in DC

On July 22, more than 80 congressional staff members gathered at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC for a Q&A-style briefing intended to update the House Science and National Labs Caucus on the latest progress of the Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs).

Wisconsin Energy Institute Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis Gary Radloff met with WKOW's Amber Noggle to talk about the impacts of the President's Climate Action Plan on Wisconsin and beyond.

July 11, 2013

Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled a Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and slow the effects of climate change. Wisconsin Energy Institute Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis Gary Radloff shares his insights about what the plan contains and how it might affect change.

Q: What are the key points of the new plan?

July 02, 2013

A discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may represent a significant advance in the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" that would use this abundant element to store and transfer energy.

July 02, 2013

A discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may represent a significant advance in the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" that would use this abundant element to store and transfer energy.

Light from the sun creates charges in an ultrathinfilm of carbon nanotubes (blue), which are extracted by fullerene C60 (brown) in this schematic of the groundbreaking proof-of-concept solar cell with greater than 1 percent efficiency.

June 18, 2013

In an approach that could challenge silicon as the predominant photovoltaic cell material, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have developed an inexpensive solar cell that exploits carbon nanotubes to absorb and convert energy from the sun.

June 12, 2013

In a state rich with beer-making history, UW-Madison scientists are getting to the bottom of an age-old fermentation puzzle that could enlighten both brewers and biofuel researchers.

Solar panels on the roof of a Madison home. A UW-Madison engineer has proposed a new design for solar panels that can simultaneously generate and store energy.  Photo: Jeff Miller

June 06, 2013

The potential energy available via solar power might seem limitless on a sunny summer day, but all that energy has to be stored for it to be truly useful. If you see a solar panel on a rooftop, in a large-scale array, or even on a parking meter, a bulky battery or supercapacitor is hidden just out of sight, receiving energy from the panel through power lines.

Microgrid research at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, featuring the high-bay lab, dynamometer, load emulators and an electric vehicle.

June 05, 2013

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has its first high-bay lab inside the recently completed Wisconsin Energy Institute building. This specially designed lab will help test and demonstrate integrated energy systems, and explore what role microgrids can play in creating a smartgrid energy future.

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