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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.

May 19, 2015

On the same site in Milwaukee where the A. O. Smith Corporation once built airplane and auto parts for the military during both world wars, University of Wisconsin–Madison energy researchers are using state-of-the-art microgrid technology to help revitalize Milwaukee’s industry.

Evan Petkov

May 15, 2015

Evan Petkov sits at a metal table in front of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, completely relaxed. He’s graduating in a week, but the environmental sciences and economics major is remembering a trip he recently took to Southeast Asia. Riding a motorcycle across Vietnam and Laos with a friend, Petkov made note of the complex challenges facing developing countries.

Chris Todd Hittinger

April 22, 2015

At a research university, faculty are expected to actively engage in producing and publishing research results. And most faculty are expected to raise the money needed to support their work by writing proposals to federal agencies, foundations and private industry.

WESC Winners

April 21, 2015

Madison, WI – An energy-efficient industrial mixer and a reusable to-go box won top honors at the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, hosted for its third year by the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

April 20, 2015

Scientists today demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries and reduce those industries’ environmental impact.

Battery Transformation

April 20, 2015

Potentially improving the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride. 

April 14, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science Franklin “Lynn” Orr visited the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 to learn more about the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s energy research and to do a “deep dive” into the research of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC).

Ankur Desai

April 02, 2015

When is a wetland a sink and when is a wetland a source?

That is the question an international team of researchers set out to answer in a new study published online March 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ankur Desai, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of just a few American scientists involved.

April 02, 2015

Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study today (April 2, 2015) that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.