The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) is becoming an energy leader on campus and beyond. With the unveiling of our state-of-the-art, energy-efficient research facility, we’ve begun connecting, collaborating and coordinating the efforts of more than one hundred energy, bioenergy and sustainability researchers from departments across the University of Wisconsin–Madison. By bringing together organizations like the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative and the Center for Renewable Energy Systems, the WEI has been able to develop and expand a number of education, outreach and research initiatives in pursuit of the Wisconsin Idea and our foundational goals.
Explore how we are moving forward in energy by fostering the creation of collaborative research efforts, preparing the energy leaders of today and tomorrow, and enhancing public understanding of pressing energy issues.
Tracking for LEED Gold certification, the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) building is an award-winning, energy-efficient research facility that reflects in principle the efforts of our organization to be a global leader in energy research, training, outreach and technology transfer.
Since the WEI opened its doors in April 2013, the Institute has worked to situate itself as the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s centerpiece of energy research by preparing future energy leaders, fostering collaborative research efforts and enhancing public understanding of energy issues.
Gifts are a crucial source of financial support for the Wisconsin Energy Institute. They accelerate the institute’s progress in research, education and outreach by investing in the people, facilities, programs and ideas that lead to innovative energy solutions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison $25 million per year to fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) for another five years.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute awarded four seed grants in 2013 totaling nearly $150,000 for proposals addressing critical, emerging and ongoing research issues that have an impact on renewable energy.
Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s ripe with possibility for biofuels.
The energy challenge isn’t just about replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources; it’s also about increasing access to energy, and improving how we move and control its flow.
Wisconsin energy prices have gone up almost every year since 2000, they are now above the United States’ national average for electricity costs and the second highest in the Midwest—behind only Michigan.
In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource that is in little danger of running low: cow manure, or “brown gold.”
In their quest to make cellulosic biofuel a viable energy option, many researchers are looking to marginal lands — those unsuitable for growing food — as potential real estate for bioenergy crops.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute prides itself on bringing together leading experts from diverse backgrounds in pursuit of solutions and research that may change our approach to energy.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute’s educational programs have created opportunities for the institute to prepare future energy leaders and enhance public understanding by sharing its knowledge with educators, students and the public.
Browse and learn more about the range of programs, workshops, and conferences our Education and Outreach team was involved with in 2013.
University of Wisconsin-Madison students have brought unbridled creativity and innovation to the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, an umbrella even for the Dvorak Energy Prize and Global Stewards Sustainability Prize.
The 2013 Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) Bioenergy Showcase, held October 15-16 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, featured multiple facets of energy research, technology and development.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute began production on a series of handouts that explore and demystify energy research topics.
The following financial information focuses on how WBI funds were allocated for 2013 expenditures as part of the Wisconsin Energy Institute--including, funds for operating expenses, research and outreach efforts.
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