The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a world leader in energy education and research. Each year, it ranks among the top university recipients of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research funding as well as funding for energy-related research from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. UW–Madison energy research activities are interdisciplinary in nature and involve faculty, researchers, and students in engineering, chemistry, geology, and physics, life sciences, business, economics, environmental studies, and public policy.
UW–Madison Energy Research Centers
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is the primary home of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). One of three bioenergy research centers established by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2007, GLBRC is led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as a major partner.
The Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) is an internationally renowned research group established at UW–Madison in 1981.
The Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) was created in 1996 as a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center to address key challenges in creating a modern electric energy infrastructure. Under the banner of PSERC, 39 industries and 13 U.S. universities are working collaboratively to support:
Founded in 1946 by two UW–Madison professors, the Engine Research Center (ERC) is the largest academic research center focused on internal combustion engines in the U.S. and serves as a national resource for information on combustion engine science and technology.
The Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems (WINS) was created in UW–Madison’s College of Engineering in 2001 with a mission to promote research, education, and public service related to nuclear systems.
Founded in 1971, UW–Madison’s Fusion Technology Institute (FTI) investigates and assesses technological problems posed by controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors and hosts to the largest program in the U.S. for advanced degrees in fusion engineering. FTI’s esteemed degree program provides research personnel for the national fusion program, industry, and educational institutions.
The Granger Institute for Engineering is a trans-disciplinary research institute in UW–Madison’s College of Engineering. Funded with a $25 million commitment from The Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Illinois, the Institute promotes collaborative research and drives technological breakthroughs that enhance the success of U.S. industries and drive economic growth in the nation.
The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) is a research center in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, where faculty, scientists, students, and staff examine the connections among natural resources, technology, policy, human health, security, and changes in the global environment.
Founded in 1954, UW–Madison's Solar Energy Lab (SEL) is the oldest of its kind in the world and has been awarded the highest distinction given by the International Solar Energy Society, the Weeks award, for outstanding achievements in developing practical uses of solar energy. The SEL’s mission is to educate students through research experiences in solar and conventional energy utilization
Founded in 1982 and housed within the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute’s (WPUI) mission is to advance understanding of public policy issues in the electricity, gas, and telecommunications industries. WPUI provides information and education programs that aid in examining and developing appropriate public policies.