In compiling this year’s annual report, we couldn’t help but marvel at the scope of the Wisconsin Energy Institute’s reach in 2014. This year, perhaps more than any other, we made good on our goal of becoming international leaders in clean energy research and outreach. Whether educating students on energy issues, studying public policy, engaging with industry, or developing the technologies that will transform the energy market, we put more weight than ever into solving the world’s energy problems.
WEI’s mission to foster collaborative energy projects was taken up by hundreds of researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its partnering institutions. The diverse group of researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), for example, strengthened their status as internationally recognized experts in bioenergy, publishing two research papers in Nature and two in Science, and filing their 100th patent application.
2014 at Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) was a year of unprecedented hosting, organizing, and connecting. We welcomed groups from places as far-flung as South Africa. We organized, among many other events, an annual Energy Summit, a student award competition, and two summer learning institutes for educators. And we connected with a host of industry players and government officials.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received Project of the Year and Best Green-Built honors for its dedication to sustainability in design, construction and functionality at this year's Commercial Design Awards.
Several foundations and corporations offered generous support of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) in 2014. Whether adding solar panels to WEI’s roof, funding our innovative student competitions, or expanding the reach of our programs, these gifts made substantial contributions to realizing WEI’s vision.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute awarded four seed grants in 2014 totaling nearly $150,000 for proposals addressing critical, emerging and ongoing research issues that have an impact on renewable energy.
Scientists 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.
What began twenty years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.
Driving the 2002 Ford-150 truck that UW-Madison graduate student Phil Kollmeyer converted from a conventional gasoline vehicle to an electric vehicle may be the quickest way to grasp the incredible amount of work that went into this ambitious research project.
On an overcast morning in early June, GLBRC and UW-Madison entomologist Claudio Gratton’s team of researchers and technicians file into a passenger van and head out to gather insects from the twenty native grassland sites that make up the team’s outdoor summer laboratory.
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. Here is a brief look at just a few of our highlights in 2014.
Educational Programs at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) enhance teaching and learning related to energy through a multi-dimensional process that includes deep engagement with WEI science, engineering, and researchers; use of current best practices and understandings of how energy-related learning takes place; and the hands-on participation of educators and undergraduate students from throughout Wisconsin and the nation.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) held its second Energy Summit on October 29, 2014. If you missed it, we've got you covered. Read our recap of the event.
An intercollegiate team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently won a competition to bring their urban agriculture project to Expo 2017 – known stateside as the World’s Fair – in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s student lab activity, “Converting Cellulosic Biomass to Ethanol (CB2E),” appeared recently in an issue of The Science Teacher, a peer-reviewed practitioners’ journal published by the National Science Teachers Association.
The campus of healthcare software giant EPIC Systems, located in Verona, WI, is well known for its fun, architecturally distinct features: its farm-themed buildings, its slide between floors, and its futuristic conference room. The corporate culture at EPIC, which employs more than 8,000 people, is distinct as well.
Researchers at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus are hard at work on new innovations and technologies that they hope will usher in a clean, efficient and cost-effective energy future.
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.
With expertise in energy storage systems for electric vehicles, smart-grid technology and military applications, Deyang Qu will be the first Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research.
On May 5, 2014, the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison unveiled its newest laboratory. UW researchers will use the Advanced Systems Test Lab, which features equipment donated by Johnson Controls, to collaborate with industry scientists in developing the future of energy storage technology and vehicle battery systems.
In June of 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its first ever guidelines for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. Called the Clean Power Plan, it proposes cutting carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 emission levels by 2030.
The following financial information focuses on how WBI funds were allocated for 2014 expenditures as part of the Wisconsin Energy Institute--including, funds for operating expenses, research and outreach efforts.
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