TI 2.0 benefits from public-private partnership

In 2018, M-WERC launched a new version of its Technology Innovation research program. Called “TI 2.0”, it seeks to assist our members and partners to drive innovation by solving the toughest research problems in the energy and controls sector. Since this sector emerged in Wisconsin over 100 years ago, research has been a critical component driving innovation, keeping the region competitive and a leader in the Energy and Controls marketplace.

To continue this extraordinary record of success, the time has come to rethink research — moving from silos of research that exist today into coordinated research pipelines — that will harness broader and deeper research teams and utilize maps the tough problems in a way that will create sustainable advantage in taming the major challenges facing the sector.

M-WERC and our research members have moved forward this fall on two of our three research pipelines, the Advanced Manufacturing and Material Systems - Advanced Die-Casting Initiative (ADI) and Extreme Power Conversion. Both Phase 2 of the ADI and Phase 1 of the Extreme Power Conversion Research pipelines will move forward in the next 60 days.  Discussions are ongoing with four additional research members around Systems Intelligence and we anticipate moving forward in this area as well in the coming months.     

M-WERC members asked for research with a greater sustained value so we’ve developed this new public-private research partnership model.  This model has identified a three- to five-year research horizon with several coordinated research projects that will help M-WERC and its members realize more impactful research results that support their business objectives.

“We’re on schedule,” Ebert said. “One of the things that we’ve learned through this process is that by developing a long-term research pipeline with multiple projects to solve the tough problems, these conversations take longer than anticipated. We recognize Briggs & Stratton’s leadership for being the pilot for this new public-private partnership model and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to demonstrate real value and we’re moving on to Phase 2.

As part of this new public-private partnership model, we have also held technical workshops with the companies and research teams to explore on a deeper level a more redefined scopes of additional coordinated projects that M-WERC will pursue. As part of this process, we have had in-depth engagement with Briggs & Stratton and a number of other corporate research partners and the academic teams to define the scope of work.

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