Energy Innovation Center

A new phase of expansion and build-out at M-WERC’s headquarters, known as the Energy Innovation Center, is available for lease and starting to fill-up. The facility is designed to co-locate companies focused on the energy sector, where efforts will now focus on the second floor of the building.

The second floor buildout activity will further the development of the Energy Innovation Center as a regional hub for the energy industries, by establishing facilities and a collaborative ecosystem for:

•               Industry and academic research

•               Entrepreneurs and start-up company technology innovators

•               Economic development organizations

•               Energy sector talent and workforce development

Lease Office, Laboratory and Manufacturing Space

  • Immediate Occupancy

  • More than 230,000 square feet of Manufacturing, Laboratory and Office Space available Competitive Pricing Options

  • Loading Dock

  • Build to Suit

  • Access to Start-up Resources

  • Start-up Discounts

To support the WERCBench Labs program, an initial build-out of a second floor Lab and Prototyping space was completed in late 2017. The new space is targeted for occupancy by WERCBench Labs program participants and other tenants starting in 2018. This space allows tenants to work on their products in an area near their classes and with other entrepreneurs.

Through the establishment of this lab, and future labs to be added in the coming years, the Energy Innovation Center will enable M-WERC to support our members and the growth of the energy sector

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learn more about leasing space at the Energy Innovation Center

contact:  Vito Gervasi, 

Century City Microgrid Project

The Century City Microgrid (CCMG) Project is a  self-contained microgrid pilot project that will be powered by combined heat and power, natural gas generation, solar PV systems, energy storage systems and other source of distribute energy generation, designed to demonstrate the design and operation of a multi-phase, multi-loop microgrid system.  The system would be located in the Century City Business Park, a brownfield redevelopment site in the City of Milwaukee. The CCMG Project will provide highly innovative electrical energy infrastructure and will be used by the City of Milwaukee to attract high-value tenants, technology investment, and employment.

The Evolving Role of Distributed Generation

While the centralized power system has dominated in the United States and in most industrialized countries, distributed generation is playing an increasingly important role. The next wave of distributed generation capacity is likely to be natural gas-fired combined heat-and-power generation. Microgrids, as part of evolving distribution grids, are providing an effective way of integrating clean, non-renewable and renewable distributed generation into the existing centralized power system.  Click to view the October 2017 M-WERC presentation on Microgrids from Peter Asmus from Navigant Research.

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Century City Microgrid Project – Phase I participants:

  • Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC)

  • We Energies (electric utility serving Milwaukee)

  • EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute)

Phase I Project Scope:

  • Economic Analysis and Feasibility Study
  • Formed Project Team in summer 2015
  • Project work will be completed in September 2018
  • Refined model design development and study approach to drive multiple techno-economic scenarios
  • Presentations summer 2018 for next Phase

Century City Microgrid Project – Request For Information:

  • M-WERC issued RFI in late 2017 to determine which organizations are interested in participating in Phase II of the project – Design and Implementation
  • Sixteen organizations responded to the RFI
  • Meeting to review results of RFI responses will take place on May 30th

Unique Aspects of this Microgrid Project:

  • Multi-phase, four-loop microgrid for high energy advanced manufacturing with test sites for developing electrical equipment
  • Multiple microgrid loops with automation test networks; plug and play renewables integration
  • Integrated thermal, water, electrical storage networks; expansion for future waste to energy
  • Seamless Integration of campus into adjacent industrial, commercial, and neighborhood grids.

Benefits to M-WERC and M-WERC Members:

Phase I of the project is wrapping up, and will provide a better understanding of how to evaluate the performance of the overall microgrid system and microgrid controller and distributed technologies in integrated and islanded modes.  It will also provide a thorough understanding of how to quantify the operational values, performance issues and economic benefits of having a coordinated central control system with distributed resources in a microgrid configuration.

The CCMG RFI will identify organizations that wish to participate in the second phase of the project which will begin in the second half of 2018. Phase II of the CCMG Project feasibility study will cover topics such as technology deployment, demonstration, and performance evaluations.

A key objective of this project is to evaluate costs and benefits of microgrid projects. The approach is to apply available microgrid analysis tools to arrangements, designs, and tradeoffs of economic options. The goal of the project is to produce a scalable, commercialization-ready microgrid deployment concept that includes a microgrid control system and uses a multi-layered distributed control architecture.

Public benefits include the development of better methods to conduct microgrid assessments and feasibility studies for resiliency improvements, the potential addition of distributed energy resources and energy storage systems to the microgrid project site, and a study of load management and energy efficiency benefits and costs. An integrated and optimal approach to microgrid development and deployment is expected to provide additional options for the use of energy resources and a better understanding of the environmental impact of distributed generation.

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Overall Benefits of the CCMG Project:

  • Demonstration of Distributed Energy, Energy Storage, and Microgrid technologies to support growth and exploration of these technologies consistent with the M-WERC goal of growing technologies in the Energy, Power, and Controls sector.

  • Assist the City of Milwaukee in creating an innovative, sustainable benefits that can be used to attract industry, commercial, residential and academic investment to this isolated and challenged area in the City of Milwaukee.

  • Will be a showcase development project for companies in the Energy, Power, and Controls sector -- one of the key economic development clusters in the State of Wisconsin.

  • Local economic development benefits resulting from the attraction of development to the 30th Street Industrial Corridor area of Milwaukee to attract light industrial facilities to the Century City business park.

For more information, contact M-WERC at