In an effort to conduct research with the power to transform the economics of clean energy in Wisconsin, the U.S., and the world, we forge creative relationships with a variety of industry partners. Read on for a sampling of the Wisconsin Energy Institute's (WEI) past and present industry collaborations.
Alstom Power, a global energy company with significant interests in the solar power market, and UW–Madison engineering physics professor Mark Anderson are working together to improve the design and potentially lower the cost of future solar power plants.
UW–Madison associate professor of engineering James Tinjum is studying geothermal-based heating and cooling systems on the campus of healthcare software giant EPIC Systems in Verona, Wis.
Milwaukee-based Fortune 500 company Johnson Controls contributes millions of dollars to UW–Madison to fund the Johnson Controls Energy Storage Research Lab at WEI and supports the endowed professorship of Dr. Deyang Qu, an expert in energy storage systems for electric vehicles and smart-grid technology.
In partnership with the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) – a Milwaukee, Wis.-based consortium of the energy, power, and control industry – the Wisconsin Energy Institute is working to move clean energy innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace more efficiently.
In 2010, Wisconsin-based manufacturing company Orchid Monroe approached Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium about sponsoring a research project to convert a gasoline truck to electric propulsion.