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urban heat island

September 28, 2015

Extreme summers like that of 2012 — which saw record temperatures in cities across the U.S. — may be atypical, but experts say they will return, especially as the planet warms under climate change. And as they do, cities will be especially vulnerable.

September 21, 2015

“The Energy Summit is about bringing different people together to think through some of the most difficult challenges of our time,” says Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of environmental studies and chair of this year’s Energy Summit.

September 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded $2 million to a research collaboration led by University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of engineering physics Mark Anderson that aims to advance the technology of utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.


September 17, 2015

Rural Wisconsin is not the first place that comes to mind when someone mentions geothermal energy—a sputtering geyser in Iceland is a more likely association than a Badger State dairy farm.

September 17, 2015

Cooling systems in power plants require heat exchangers to carry low-grade energy away from the inner-workings of the electrical generation machinery—and improvements to heat exchanger technology aim to increase energy efficiency.

September 16, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Vice President Joe Biden is announcing Wednesday (Sept. 16) that Purdue University has received an advanced U.S. Department of Energy research award to improve concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.

September 15, 2015

Hydrogen could be the ideal fuel: Whether used to make electricity in a fuel cell or burned to make heat, the only byproduct is water; there is no climate-altering carbon dioxide.

Like gasoline, hydrogen could also be used to store energy.

Tracey Holloway

September 09, 2015

Today the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced Tracey Holloway, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named an inaugural Public Engagement Fellow of the Alan I.

September 01, 2015

Ronald Raines, Henry Lardy Professor of Biochemistry, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Biology, and professor of chemistry, was awarded the Ralph F.


September 01, 2015

The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a multi-institutional research center based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has inked a new contract with the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will provide nearly $20 million in support over the next five years.