WEI in the news: September media mentions

This month, coverage in the media includes Union South's new roadside energy floor, underestimation of solar power's benefits, the effects of bioenergy crops on water quality and more.

September saw Wisconsin Energy Institute researchers across the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus examining how to keep our water and air clean featured across Wisconsin, with notes on industry collaborations making waves online. Below are media coverage highlights for September.

The model lake

UW–Madison researchers are taking on the challenge of how modeling nutrient run-off ultimately affects water quality in Wisconsin lakes and rivers.

UW study finds surprising lack of research on how air pollution affects birds

"Even though we hear about the canary in the coal mine, when you start looking into it, we actually don’t really know about how birds are affected by air pollution," said Tracey Halloway, a professor at UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Silatronix awarded Navy contract to enable safe, high stability LTO-based li-ion batteries using organosilicon electrolytes

UW–Madison spinoff Silatronix was recently awarded a $1 million contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research to expand research on a type of lithium battery that will be able to recharge far faster than the typical battery.

Researchers convert 80 percent of biomass into high-value products via new strategy

The three main components of non-edible plant matter can now be turned into high-value products in economically favorable yields. Using the concept of an integrated biorefinery, researchers showed how multiple products are created.

New research shows solar energy may have been undervalued

Has the future reach of solar energy been underestimated? WPR highlights new research from Greg Nemet, associate professor at UW–Madison's Lafollette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, showing it may be so.

New floors at Union South harness the energy of people walking on them

When pedestrians walk over the 96-square-foot installation introduced to the building last month, it collects power from their footfalls. Xudong Wang, a materials science and engineering professor with the UW–Madison, said the prototype is an example of “roadside energy harnessing” — a type of renewable energy generation that could become a significant part of how we power our society in the future.