UW–Madison Spinoffs

UW–Madison research has the power to transform the economics of clean energy in Wisconsin, the U.S., and the world. The spinoff companies listed here, all of which bring new technologies and products to the marketplace, have roots in energy research first conducted at UW–Madison.

The spinoff companies marked with have operations in the state of Wisconsin.

C-Motive Technologies

C-Motive Technologies is an early-stage startup developing fundamentally new ways of producing motion with electricity. By using electrostatics instead of the electromagnetics of the past century, C-Motive creates entirely new capabilities, including new materials, manufacturing techniques, and applications for electric machinery.

ChloBis Water

ChloBis Water, Inc. is developing an energy-efficient desalination technology that is uniquely positioned to address challenges at the intersection of the water-energy nexus. The company's rechargeable desalination battery can achieve membrane-free desalination while simultaneously using salt ions to store and release energy.


Ebullient makes precision cooling systems for electronic hardware with an aim to revolutionize the way electronic hardware is designed, developed, and deployed. The company’s relentless pursuit of groundbreaking innovation has led to Ebullient® DirectJet™ Technology featured in all their precision cooling systems for servers and workstations.


Elektrifi is an early stage startup developing microgrid solutions for energy resilience and rural electrification applications. Elektrifi is developing small-scale microgrids for critical infrastructure to reduce outages during disasters and man-made events. Elektrifi is a spin-off from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


EWPanel, founded in 2016, has developed a nanogenerator that can convert small movements, such as walking or touching a surface, into electricity to charge low-power electronics.


Early-stage start-up Glucan Biorenewables, LLC is using gamma-Valerolactone (GVL), a plant-based solvent developed at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, to help convert biomass into three streams of high-value industrial chemicals.


Existing from 2011 to 2018, Hyrax Energy Inc. was using an improved method for extracting fermentable sugars from biomass to improve the economics of the cellulosic biofuel pipeline.

Lactic Solutions

Early-stage start-up Lactic Solutions uses genetic engineering to convert lactic acid bacteria, the organisms that infect ethanol fermentations, to produce ethanol rather than lactic acid.


NovoMoto is a Sustainable Social Enterprise that aims to provide clean, renewable, and sustainable electricity to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other sub Saharan African countries in the future.


Pyran has developed a renewable process to manufacture 1,5-pentanediol, a key chemical used to make paints and plastics. Pyran’s patented process uses renewable wood and crop waste resources to make 1,5-pentanediol at over 2x lower prices than competing oil-based products.

SHINE Medical Technologies

Founded in 2010, SHINE is a development-stage company working toward becoming a manufacturer of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine.


Silatronix is the leading producer of patented organosilicon (OS) materials that enable extreme performance in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds extend cell life, increase cell capacity, expand temperature operability ranges, and allow safe and effective use of higher charge voltages in Li-ion batteries, while improving Li-ion battery cell safety and stability.


Using patented catalytic chemistry, Virent converts soluble biomass-derived sugars into products identical to those made with petroleum, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and chemicals used for plastics and fibers.


Xylome uses newly developed yeast strains to transform hard-to-digest sugars into commercially viable, second-generation ethanol and biodiesel precursors and to synthesize a host of advanced biorenewable products.