Letter from the Director
I am proud of the work that WEI has done and I'm excited about its future.Tim Donohue
Five years ago, the Wisconsin Energy Institute opened its doors for the first time. Since then, we've hosted hundreds of programs, created opportunities for dialogue, and facilitated groundbreaking research on one of the biggest challenges of our time - the transition to new, clean energy systems and solutions. Continue Reading
Forward in Energy
The Year in Photos
We connected with energy stakeholders, welcomed groups from all over the world, and provided a place for the exchange of forward-looking ideas.
Statewide Outreach Map
WEI’s outreach programs touch thousands of K-12 students, teachers, and community members throughout Wisconsin.
World-class Energy Research
Expanding Our Bioenergy Research
The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center for five more years.
Unlocking the Secrets of Biomass
The efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite could help us break down biomass.
Engineering Plants for Energy
A newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in bioenergy crops such as switchgrass.
Improving the Economics of Biofuels
Creating commodity chemicals from biomass could lower the cost of biofuels.
Fulfilling the Promise of Sustainable Bioenergy
While the potential climate benefit of cellulosic biofuels is real, it depends on good management.
Harnessing the Power of Bacteria
Increasing lipid production in bacteria could enable alternatives to petroleum-derived fuels and chemicals.
Far-reaching Education & Outreach
Strengthening Classrooms with Energy Science
Shawano County teacher Lisa Sorlie brought hands-on energy curriculum back to her students.
Connecting Student Research to Wisconsin
Capstone students created a critical energy analysis for the City of Waterloo.
Providing Students Research Opportunities
Green Bay-native Max Haase discovered a "Packers" yeast and uncovered a decades-old mistake in the yeast family tree.
Preparing Students to Lead
WiscWind team members developed a wind turbine design for national competition.
Inspiring Students to Innovate
For almost five years the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge (WESC) has rewarded students who develop energy innovations.
Public Policy & Industrial Engagement
Spinoff GlucanBio converts biomass into three potentially profitable streams of industrial chemicals.
Partnering with Stakeholders
New decision support tools enable farmers, landowners, and policymakers to chart the future of sustainable bioenergy in Wisconsin.
Providing Industry Breakthroughs
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center published its 1,000th scientific paper, highlighting its role in bringing advanced biofuels to the marketplace.
Supporting Dialogue in the Utility Industry
The Wisconsin Public Utility Institute welcomed new director Lori Sakk, and continued to foster collaboration among utility stakeholders.
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