September 27, 2023

The Water Council, associate organizations awarded $1 million to handle water and vitality resiliency

Dean Amhaus

The Water Council is taking the subsequent steps to assist create a regional innovation engine right here in jap Wisconsin centered on local weather points. The nonprofit, together with a number of partnering organizations, introduced this week it has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) to plan a regional innovation engine that may deal with water and vitality resilience for producers and utilities.

The aim of the NSF Engines program is to harness the nation’s science and know-how analysis and growth enterprise and regional-level sources. The permitted regional innovation engines will assist construct resiliency round manufacturing and utilities. This system seeks to handle local weather points and the way producers and utilities can take care of water and vitality associated points in all of the facets of their operations.

The Water Council utilized for the two-year grant with its lead companions: Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, Wisconsin Know-how Council, Marquette College, Wisconsin Heart for Manufacturing and Productiveness, and Madison Area Financial Partnership.

“We all know companies and communities are desperately in want of options to mitigate and adapt to the results of local weather change. With its sturdy water and vitality answer firms and main analysis universities, Wisconsin is uniquely positioned to supply these options,” stated Dean Amhaus, president and chief govt officer of The Water Council. “This Resiliency Engine could possibly be a real game-changer when it comes to native financial growth and aiding firms right here, throughout the U.S. and globally adapt to the realities of local weather change and the rising nexus of water and vitality challenges.”

Final summer season, Amhaus first shared the group had utilized to participate within the NSF program. Along with Milwaukee, the Fox Valley, Inexperienced Bay and Madison can be part of the regional innovation engine. These areas already home vital sources reminiscent of analysis universities, vitality and water know-how firms, and producers.

“Working with water is imbedded in Wisconsin’s DNA,” stated Tom Nonetheless, president of the Wisconsin Know-how Council. “Those self same roots run deep in manufacturing and its relationship to vitality and water use. The nexus of the three will lead to innovation that may deal with local weather change, confront rising vitality costs, create efficiencies and encourage non-public funding.”

After two years, the organizations working to create this regional innovation engine will apply for a Launch Award of as much as $160 million over ten years.

“Our instances demand sturdy home provide chains for each nationwide and financial safety,” stated Buckley Brinkman, govt director and CEO of the Wisconsin Heart for Manufacturing and Productiveness. “This NSF Innovation Engine will present distinctive views important to creating our provide chains extra resilient – particularly within the essential areas of water and vitality.”