Milwaukee Business Journal: The energy-sector startups selected for Milwaukee's WERCBench Labs accelerator

By Nick Williams

Milwaukee Business Journal

Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), the Milwaukee-based organization promoting research and innovation in energy power and controls in the Midwest, has announced the companies that will be participating in its WERCBench Labs accelerator.

The fall class, which will be housed in M-WERC’s new Energy Innovation Center at 4201 N. 27th St., will be led by Jacquin Davidson, CEO of Davidson Associates and managing director of WERCBench Labs, and M-WERC chief operating officer Jeff Anthony.

Each business will receive a $20,000 grant and an additional $20,000 investment at the end of the program.

Businesses selected for this year’s program are:

  • Advanced Ionics: Westmont, Ill.-based company develops new electrochemical energy technologies.

  • Blue Line Battery: Blue Line Battery, based in Whitewater, engineers and manufactures industrial lithium ion battery systems for motive power and stationary energy storage.

  • ClearFlame Engines: Woodridge, Ill.-based company is commercializing a Stanford technology that enables alternative fuels to be used in low-emission diesel engines.

  • CyberPowered Home: The Madison company has developed a smart breaker box solution that automatically senses, interprets and reacts to electrical use information.

  • Deeplight Systems: Milwaukee-area startup created technology that collects threats of potential cyber attacks into internet-connected devices. Because most buildings are now equipped with smart devices, such as wireless printers and intelligent thermostats, data being broadcast from those devices can be intercepted by hackers, allowing them a way inside secure networks. Deeplight Systems is targeting manufacturing companies for its threat-detection technology.

  • Present Power Systems: Whitefish Bay-based company is developing a new class of compact power electronics for the solar, energy storage, medical and automotive industries.

  • Radiant Panel Technologies: Based in Cheyenne, Wyo., this company markets panelized heating products and adapts them to applications in the North American market.

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