Milwaukee Positions Itself as Energy Innovation Hub

August 4, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Milwaukee energy manageA new Energy Innovation Center is being built in Milwaukee, Wis., as the headquarters for the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC).

M-WERC is positioning Milwaukee as a national hub for energy, power and control industries. M-WERC members include four state engineering schools – Marquette, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering – along with large companies, including Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation and Wisconsin Energy.

M-WERC’s new headquarters is a former Eaton research facility, and the building still houses usable lab space, with multiple different sources of power, and voltage and safety systems in place, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority just announced $900,000 in funding for the center. The US Department of Energy will also help fund the $9.6 million project.

The new center will focus on the growth and competitiveness of the energy, power and control industry in the Midwest. The center will also include an incubator, which will concentrate on developing building products for energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on hardware development.

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