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New condenser makes water from air, even in the hot sun

April 1, 2021

Unlike other radiative vapor condensers which can only operate at night, the new design works in direct sunlight and requires no energy input.

UW–Madison recognized for its water- and energy-saving initiatives

December 1, 2020

The heating and cooling plant improvements stem from an upgraded cleaning system for heat exchangers covering over 50,000 tons of the campus’s central plant chillers.

UW researchers’ evaluation puts MGE net-zero carbon goal on path to limit global warming

November 18, 2020

If actions similar to the Wisconsin utility's plan were also taken around the world, the researchers say, "it would be effective at keeping the planet under 1.5 degrees warming.”

UW–Madison supports largest solar development in Dane County

October 16, 2020

The university will purchase half of the energy produced by a 20-megawatt solar array that Madison Gas and Electric plans to build south of Madison.

Storing carbon dioxide underground may be feasible for helping achieve climate goals

May 22, 2020

A new study shows that underground reservoirs currently have capacity to store enough atmospheric carbon dioxide to limit planetary warming to under two degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit) relative to pre-Industrial temperatures by the year 2100.

Solar cell, married to liquid battery, achieves record efficiency

September 27, 2018

The technology Professor Song Jin is advancing – unifying solar electricity generation with storage – could first be used in off-grid, standalone energy systems.

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

February 22, 2018

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

January 17, 2018

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

October 13, 2017

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

October 9, 2017

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

October 3, 2017

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.