University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
Energy Independence

Clean, affordable energy is the key to sustaining and improving our quality of life. At the College of Engineering, we are researching, creating and improving global energy supplies from a wide variety of angles.

Because energy efficiency is the fastest and least expensive way to meet increasing energy demands, our power systems engineering researchers are creating smart-grid technologies to take the aging electric power infrastructure into the future. At the same time, we’re training new generations of engineers who can serve as knowledgeable decision-makers on critical energy policy issues. Our Engine Research Center is a major research and educational institution investigating the fundamentals and applications of internal combustion engines with a unique combination of modeling and experimental capabilities. The UW Energy Institute, based in the College of Engineering, pools the expertise of more than 50 UW-Madison faculty and staff in disciplines that range from chemistry, physics and engineering to geology, life sciences, environmental studies, public policy, business and law. The institute is leveraging renowned UW-Madison energy education and research programs in its unique, multidisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing key global energy issues.

We are key players in the only academically-based U.S. Department of Energy Center: The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, and have pioneered new technologies to efficiently harvest energy from biomass. The College of Engineering Solar Energy Lab (SEL) is the oldest of its kind in the world and is recognized internationally for accomplishments in practical applications for solar energy. Today, 20 percent of electricity in the U.S. comes from nuclear power. At the College of Engineering, our researchers are designing new materials and processes in order to build the next generation of safe, clean nuclear reactors. Our Fusion Technology Institute investigates and assesses technological problems posed by controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors and is a leader in conceptual design including those based on the tokamak, tandem mirror, laser fusion, heavy ion and light ion beam fusion, and torsatron concepts.


Center for Renewable Energy Systems

Engine Research Center

Fusion Technology Institute

HSX Plasma Laboratory

UW HVAC@R Center

Power Systems Engineering Research Center

Solar Energy Laboratory

UW Energy Institute

Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems

Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

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