Tag Energy

Pulling needles out of haystacks: With computation, researchers identify promising solid oxide fuel cell materials

Using advanced computational methods, UW–Madison materials scientists have discovered new materials that could bring widespread commercial use of solid oxide fuel cells closer to reality.

Report: Focusing on advanced energy sensors and controls could mean 44,000 jobs for Wisconsin

With targeted investments and forward-looking policies, Wisconsin could capitalize on its strengths in sensors and controls for the advanced energy industry to drive economic growth and support over 44,000 jobs annually.

Healthy competition makes habit of sustainability

A new analysis shows lasting reductions in electricity use among hundreds of players of the Cool Choices game, which uses friendly competition to get energy-saving habits to sink in.

UW awarded $12.5 million to study astrophysical plasma here on Earth

The new Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory, or WiPPL, will research fundamental properties of plasma in order to better understand our universe, where the hot gas is abundant.

UW wins $7 million grant to wean crops from nitrogen fertilizers

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the University of Florida will use a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how some plants partner with bacteria to create usable nitrogen and to transfer this ability to the bioenergy crop poplar.

Renewable energy flooring takes a step forward at Union South

A research team of UW engineers has installed a 96-square-foot, high-tech prototype that uses cheap, abundant wood pulp to harness the energy of footsteps and convert it into electricity.

UW–Madison selected for $9.3 million in nuclear energy research funding

The Nuclear Energy University Program, which seeks to maintain U.S. leadership in nuclear research, has a long history of funding research in the College of Engineering.

UW-Madison contributes to Big Ten EPA challenge win

The University of Wisconsin–Madison was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the six Big Ten schools that won the 2016-2017 Collective Conference Championship for using renewable energy.

Study measures air pollution increase attributable to air conditioning

The study shows the electricity production associated with air conditioning causes emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide to increase by hundreds to thousands of metric tons.

Fast-track master’s preps graduates for jobs in energy analysis

UW-Madison's new Resource and Energy Demand Analysis (REDA) program is a one-year route to a master's degree, with plenty of demand for graduates in the energy industry.

A marriage made in sunlight: Invention merges solar with liquid battery

Solar charging and electrical discharging, according to a UW researcher, can be repeated for many cycles with little efficiency loss.

Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways

The miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices — wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, even autofocusing contact lenses.

Bioenergy Center, collaborators report 500th invention

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and two partners reported significant progress in their mission to develop technologies that will bring advanced biofuels to the marketplace.