M-WERC leads discussion on energy efficiency

MILWAUKEE, WI - Dozens of regional employers gathered today for the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s (M-WERC) Energy Efficiency Conference.  

“This turned about to be another great networking event for our members,” said M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein. “In addition to meeting and visiting with colleagues, the conference provided incredibly informative discussion and dialog about the future of energy efficiency and opportunities in that sector.”

Speakers at today’s conference included:

  • Paul Schueller, CEO of Franklin Energy
  • Leah Scull, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance MEEA
  • Doug Scott, Great Plains Institute
  • Joe Fontaine, Focus on Energy
  • Jeff Mackey, Member - M-WERC Industrial Efficiency Working Group
  • Erick Shambarger, City of Milwaukee
  • Nate Conroy, M-WERC
Click to view slides from the event

Click to view slides from the event

M-WERC was also pleased to announce its three newest members:

“We are very excited to welcome the following three new members to our consortium,” said Jeff Anthony, Chief Operating Officer of M-WERC. “These organizations have become very active in our working groups and meetings since they signed on to join and have been contributing their expertise and experience in several areas.”

Officials also announced the upcoming WERCBench Labs Pitch Night on Tuesday, May 1 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center located at 4201 N. 27th Street Milwaukee.  All seven businesses in the WERCBench Labs Program will pitch their companies to investors and companies.

Investors from around the region and companies in the Energy, Power, and Controls sector are invited to attend. For more information on how to register to attend this unique opportunity to see promising start-ups companies, please click here.

In addition to their presentations, the WERCBench Labs companies will have samples of their products to display.

“We look forward to hearing from these seven businesses and seeing their refined pitches,” said Jacquin Davidson, WERCBench Labs Managing Director. “The best and brightest from around the Midwest will be presenting. It should be an informative and exciting night for the WERCBench Labs program and our key stakeholders.”

The eight-week WERCBench Labs Program offered interactive sessions with educators, business leaders, and industry experts. The teams were guided by mentors and coaches in the industry working on their financial projections, governance, marketing and communications, sales strategy, networking, and investor readiness.

The 2018 M-WERC WERCBench Labs companies include:

Switched Source, Detroit
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
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
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
Mingu Kang & 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
Justin Whiteley & Tyler Huggins
Emergy Labs transforms food and beverage wastewater into advanced materials.

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