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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.

June 02, 2013

Third-party financing, use of farm waste could turn tide, Wisconsin Energy Institute report says

Home to some of the last coal-fired power plants that may ever be built in the United States, Wisconsin has erected too many barriers to cleaner energy sources and fallen behind many Midwest neighbors in a sector with an 8% global growth rate.

Kaylan Bailey, recent Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability graduate

May 30, 2013

What do Snap-on Tools, Virginia Tech and Tanzania have in common? An energy certificate from UW-Madison. 

As the energy industry evolves to adapt to new technologies and environmental concerns, it requires an informed workforce with the ability and experience to apply their knowledge right away. This year, 20 University of Wisconsin–Madison graduates find themselves better equipped with unique skill sets that are helping them become tomorrow’s energy leaders. 

May 23, 2013

$3.93 per gallon. 16-gallon tank. $62.88 to fill up. This is common math for holiday drivers who grudgingly foot the bill. The AAA estimates that 31.2 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day. Many will direct their frustration at station owners, oil companies or the government. But what factors cause these summer price spikes?

Paul Wilson

May 21, 2013

‘Nuclear’ is a powerful word that evokes images ranging from energy production to scheming Bond villains. Nuclear energy provides 70 percent of low-emissions electricity in the United States, yet there is much academic, social, and political debate concerning its safety and sustainability. 

May 20, 2013

A UW-Madison PhD student in Entomology, Rachel Mallinger investigates how the 600-700 species of bees native to Wisconsin may be affected by changes in the landscape.