WEI Building: A catalytic home for energy innovation
The Wisconsin Energy Institute building will be a centerpiece of future clean energy systems research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Institute will house cutting-edge research in advanced fuels, renewable energy and energy storage systems. The WEI building will bring engineers and biological and physical scientists together to create integrated clean energy systems that both increase energy efficiency and diversify the energy sector. Located directly next to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, and in close physical proximity to the College of Letters & Sciences and the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, WEI is strategically placed within a new campus research corridor— one that is ideal for collaborative renewable energy research and the transfer of technology to applications.
The laboratories, imaging and computational spaces inside of the WEI will allow agronomists, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, ecologists, engineers and mathematicians to collaboratively develop future energy systems. The flexible design includes “plug and play” wet and dry laboratories that easily adapt to changes in research teams or disciplines giving scientists the capability to adjust labs for their work and the university's first high-bay laboratories for the creation of large-scale integrated energy systems.
The WEI will be an energy-efficient research facility that reflects the clean energy advances being developed and will function as a nexus for UW-Madison energy research, training, outreach and technology transfer, positioning the institution to expand as a global leader in energy.