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July 02, 2015

Like many local governments around the country, the City of Madison is trying to reduce its emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide. To achieve that goal, the city partnered with the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2010 to produce its first-ever emissions inventory.


July 02, 2015

Platinum is a highly reactive and in-demand catalyst across the chemical and energy industries, but a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology scientists could reduce the world’s dependence on this scarce and expensive metal.


July 01, 2015

A team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic—literally—for the organisms that do the heavy lifting in the increasingly important field of bioproducts derived from cellulosic biomass. 


June 30, 2015

A vial of white sugar sits on Xuejun Pan’s desk beside a box of wood chips. 

“It’s pretty pure and sweet,” he says, pointing to the sugar. “I’m not encouraging you. But it’s edible.” 


June 29, 2015

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car’s rolling tire friction. 

An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles.

Radloff Energy Paper

June 23, 2015

A group of researchers, professors and students gathered in the Wisconsin Energy Institute June 17 to hear energy policy expert Gary Radloff describe how a commitment to technology innovation can drive a stronger, cleaner energy system.

Alan Carroll

June 22, 2015

The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. The Massive Open Online Course “Energy and the Earth” will give thousands of people an online forum in which to explore these topics.

The course launched Sunday and runs through July 18; learners can sign up at any time.

June 15, 2015

“How air quality and energy affect each other is the single biggest story no one is hearing about,” says Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin­–Madison professor of environmental studies and chair of this year’s Energy Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

June 09, 2015

Raluca Scarlat's research is motivated by a big goal: to develop an advanced nuclear reactor that's economically competitive with natural gas power plants in the relatively near future.

Her research applies to a class of advanced nuclear reactors called fluoride-salt cooled high-temperature reactors (FHR). Unlike conventional reactors that use water to cool down the core, an FHR uses molten (liquid) salt as a coolant. Scarlat, who joined the Department of Engineering Physics in fall 2014 as an assistant professor, says molten salt provides myriad safety and efficiency benefits in an advanced reactor.

June 04, 2015

We don’t think about it when we turn on the faucet for a cold drink of water, but it takes quite a bit of energy to fill that glass. How much energy is a question that University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate students Andrew Behm, Andy Lick, and Annie Lord spent this past spring pursuing.