WERCBench Labs Under Way

The WERCBench Lab Advanced Innovation Program (AIP) has begun and we are excited about this session's participants. There are seven businesses in the program for this eight-week session and they represent energy, power, and control startups from the Midwest area.

Please see the listings below and let me know if you are interested in meeting these entrepreneurs, sharing your expertise with any of the businesses, or simply having a quick conversation and making a connection with them. The classes are every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Energy Innovation Center and run through the end of April. Speaking on behalf of all of the entrepreneurs, they would appreciate any time you could spare!

Jacquin Davidson
WERCBench Labs Managing Director


2018 M-WERC WERCBench Labs - AIP Class

Switched Source – Detroit, Mich.
Lane Nelson
Switched Source provides power-electronics solutions for electric distribution companies that make the grid more resilient and efficient while supporting the integration of more distributed generation.

EW Panel – Madison, Wis.
Chunhua Yao
EWPanel’s patent-pending nanogenerators convert movements to electricity, which can be used to charge low-power electronics such as Bluetooth units, sensors, and LED lights. The nanogenerators are flexible in design and can be incorporated into a variety of devices to allow for self-contained power generation and smart sensing.

NovoMoto – Madison, Wis.
Mehrdad Arjmand
NovoMoto provides clean electricity for off-grid rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. NovoMoto’s stand-alone solar-powered systems are cheaper, more efficient, and cleaner than the kerosene and diesel currently used in these communities.
ARIS Technology – Chicago, Ill.
Mingu Kang and Brad Johnson
ARIS Technology is working on an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to eradicate human quality control errors in manufacturing.

Present Power Systems – Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Jason Katcha
Present Power Systems designs and supplies advanced power electronics to OEMs in the medical, solar, and energy storage industries.

Blue Line Battery – Whitewater, Wis.
John LaPota & Dustin Herte
Blue Line Battery manufactures lithium-ion batteries for motive power, forklifts, stationary energy storage and backup power systems.

Emergy Labs – Chicago, Ill.
Justin Whiteley & Tyler Huggins
Emergy Labs transforms food and beverage wastewater into advanced materials.


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