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November 22, 2013

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Recreational Sports is taking strides toward a greener fitness environment at the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF). The SERF is now home to the SportsArt “Green System,” a group of six fitness machines that harvest human-generated power.

Student and professors began installation of solar energy system on shed roof in Mastatal, Costa Rica.

November 22, 2013

Coiled and unmoving, the “Velvet Viper” is invisible among the native plants in Costa Rica’s rainforests. Aggressive and poisonous, the nation’s most dangerous snake is also nocturnal—a constant danger to villagers without access to electricity. 

“The first thing people ask for is a light by the outhouse,” says Ken Walz. “Almost no one has an indoor bathroom. Being able to walk to the outhouse after dark without having to worry about poisonous snakes is important.”

November 22, 2013

When the government of Ethiopia finishes building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2017 or 2018, it will not only have built the largest hydroelectric power-generation plant in Africa, but also stirred up tensions among African nations, and indelibly altered a river that itself has guided millennia of human history in the region.

November 22, 2013

When the government of Ethiopia finishes building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2017 or 2018, it will not only have built the largest hydroelectric power-generation plant in Africa, but also stirred up tensions among African nations, and indelibly altered a river that itself has guided millennia of human history in the region.

November 05, 2013

The next time you take a bite of a crisp fall apple, you might take a moment to reflect on the unique Wisconsin partnership that made it possible: farmers and bees.

With more than 500 species native to Wisconsin, wild bees play an essential role in pollinating the state’s food crops, and farmers are becoming more interested in learning about all the different kinds that buzz around their fields each season.

October 16, 2013

Growth Energy CEO to address students, faculty and the public on the future of American biofuels

Madison, WI — Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis will be the Distinguished Industry Speaker at the University of Wisconsin- Madison’s Bioenergy Showcase 2013 on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. CT at the campus’s Marquee Theater, Union South.

October 11, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers working at the intersection of basic and applied science focus on key factors like cost, environmental impacts ... and sometimes, color.

October 09, 2013

On Friday, September 20, the UW-Madison Department of Geoscience Weeks Lecture Series hosted Dr. Ellen D. Williams of British/Beyond Petroleum. Williams is the energy giant's Chief Scientist, and the topic of her talk was "A Scientist's View of Research for Sustainable Energy."

The Chemistry of Color: Energy Researcher Develops Dye-Based Solar Cells

October 03, 2013

Madison — At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers working at the intersection of basic and applied science focus on key factors like cost, environmental impacts…and color. Take, for example, Chemistry Assistant Professor Trisha Andrew: researchers in Andrew's lab are developing next-generation solar cells using chromophores, or in lay terms, dyes.

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