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  • Photo: Mark Anderson UW leading $2.6 million effort to improve solar power plants Aug. 5, 2015 The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.6 million to a research collaboration led by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering physics research Professor Mark Anderson that aims to advance the technology of utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.
  • Photo: Solar textile Solar textile collaboration weaves chemistry and design July 29, 2015 A new faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marianne Fairbanks is bringing decades of experience with dyes, fibers and design to the development of a technology she's been dreaming of for years: the solar textile.
  • Cages offer new direction in sustainable catalyst design July 23, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust.
  • Fueled by nanoparticles, new catalyst does more with less platinum July 2, 2015 Platinum is a highly reactive and in-demand catalyst across the chemical and energy industries, but a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology scientists could reduce the world's dependence on this scarce and expensive metal.
  • New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires June 29, 2015 A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.
  • Fourth UW-Madison MOOC of 2015 explores big-picture energy questions June 23, 2015 The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. The Massive Open Online Course "Energy and the Earth" will give thousands of people an online forum in which to explore these topics.
  • Photo: Alan Carroll Fourth UW-Madison MOOC of 2015 explores big-picture energy questions June 23, 2015 The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. The Massive Open Online Course “Energy and the Earth” will give thousands of people an online forum in which to explore these topics.
  • Photo: Suman Banerjee ‘My Earth’ energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors April 20, 2015 For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible.
  • Photo: Chemical phase map Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future April 20, 2015 In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.
  • Photo: Cultivation of an irrigated field Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide April 2, 2015 Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study today (April 2, 2015) that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.
  • Photo: Bruce Beihoff UW and M-WERC expand Wisconsin’s energy industry March 23, 2015 Researchers at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing an industry partnership that promises to create jobs here in Wisconsin.
  • Researchers develop new approach that combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion March 10, 2015 In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy.
  • Photo: Ronald Raines Bioenergy center’s research leads to 100th patent application Feb. 25, 2015 The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.
  • Photo: Aicardo Roa-Espinosa Helping Wisconsin dairy farms produce ‘brown gold’ Feb. 20, 2015 In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource in little danger of running low: cow manure, also known as "brown gold."
  • Johnson Controls partners with UW-Madison to reduce commercial energy costs Feb. 19, 2015 Johnson Controls began when founder Warren Johnson invented the thermostat in 1885, and today the Milwaukee-based controls company is working toward another major innovation in heating and cooling in collaboration with UW-Madison chemical engineers. A research group led by Jim Rawlings, the Paul A. Elfers professor and W. Harmon Ray professor of chemical and biological engineering, has partnered with Johnson Controls to develop better HVAC control systems for its clients in large commercial buildings.
  • New fiber-optic monitoring tools could help industry unlock geothermal energy Feb. 16, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscientists and engineers are working with industry partners and the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a highly detailed monitoring system for geothermal wells.
  • Photo: Lump of fool's gold Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material Nov. 18, 2014 As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.
  • Photo: Bill Provencher New master’s program in energy conservation is first of its kind Nov. 7, 2014 A new professional master's program will launch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2015 and become the first in the world specifically designed to train analytically minded students to evaluate energy efficiency and other resource-conservation initiatives.
  • Photo: Shannon Stahl New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals Nov. 3, 2014 Scientists today disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in "green chemistry" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Mayor Soglin and international experts to discuss future of cities at UW Energy Summit Oct. 27, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY 10/27/2014