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Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and UW-Madison alumnus, talks to students, faculty and the public about the future of solar energy.

September 12, 2013

On September 6, 2013 SunPower, Inc. CEO and University of Wisconsin—Madison alumnus Tom Werner visited campus to share his knowledge of solar energy and business with students, faculty and the public.

September 06, 2013

An industry executive who has spent his entire career translating inventions into products that are both profitable and beneficial to society has joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 15, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin - a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.
The presence of lignin in secondary plant cell walls can be visualized using specific dyes. On this cross section of an Arabidopsis stem, the lignin has been stained red.

August 15, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin — a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.

August 08, 2013

Lady beetles and energy to power your car or your lights may not seem as if they belong in the same sentence until you visit Professor Claudio Gratton, an entomologist working in the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 08, 2013

DOE Bioenergy Research Center Directors, GM Executive Attend House Science and National Labs Caucus in DC

On July 22, more than 80 congressional staff members gathered at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC for a Q&A-style briefing intended to update the House Science and National Labs Caucus on the latest progress of the Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs).

Wisconsin Energy Institute Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis Gary Radloff met with WKOW's Amber Noggle to talk about the impacts of the President's Climate Action Plan on Wisconsin and beyond.

July 11, 2013

Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled a Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and slow the effects of climate change. Wisconsin Energy Institute Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis Gary Radloff shares his insights about what the plan contains and how it might affect change.

Q: What are the key points of the new plan?

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.

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.

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