April 12, 2016
Given the shouts and cheers emanating from Lisa Andresen’s classroom, one might guess that Room 105 doubles as the school’s gym. In fact, these are the sounds of middle school students exploring energy and environmental science.
August 10, 2015
Graphene, an atom-thick material with extraordinary properties, is a promising candidate for the next generation of dramatically faster, more energy-efficient electronics. However, scientists have struggled to fabricate the material into ultra-narrow strips, called nanoribbons, that could enable the use of graphene in high-performance semiconductor electronics.
August 04, 2015
Small, Local, Electrical Grids Will Improve Literacy, Family Incomes, Health and Well-being
Women and children will benefit first from a University of Wisconsin-Madison/Bahir Dar University project to bring electricity to remote Ethiopian villages.
July 31, 2015
Any effort to become more energy-efficient begins with assessing the baseline: the current carbon footprint of a home, building, or entire company.
July 31, 2015
Two University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members — one a textile artist and the other a chemist — have teamed to create fabric solar panels.
Marianne Fairbanks creates textile art and has experimented with wearable solar panels for years. She collaboratively created a bag with a solar panel sewn into the flap.
July 29, 2015
A new faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, 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: the solar textile.
July 27, 2015
In our quest for the next new thing in gadgets, we throw away a lot of old electronics—millions of tons of the stuff. But now there may be a biodegradable alternative for at least one part of all those devices: the chip.
July 24, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust.
July 15, 2015
In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but they are costly and rare.
July 13, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created a nanoscale device that can emit light as powerfully as an object 10,000 times its size. It's an advance that could have huge implications for everything from photography to solar power.
July 12, 2015
The University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to come up with the millions of dollars needed to keep the Wisconsin Energy Institute — a hub for UW energy research — operating.