Wisconsin Cleantech Network Forum
Location: Wisconsin Energy Institute (1552 University Avenue, Madison)
Featured Speaker: Timothy Donohue, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Timothy Donohue, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, will discuss the global cleantech market and expected industry trends and challenges in 2015 at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Wisconsin Cleantech Network.
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is led by the UW-Madison and is one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The center is working to meet the nation’s need for a comprehensive suite of clean energy technologies, including next generation and drop-in fuels that can be used by today’s engines.
Research at the center supports the development of a robust pipeline from biomass production through pre-treatment and final conversion to fuel, with sustainability a theme throughout.
Donohue is an expert in how microbes harness and convert solar energy. His laboratory researches genetic pathways and networks that microbes use to generate biomass or biofuels from sunlight. His work employs genome sequence, microarrays, proteomics and molecular techniques to determine how the energy in sunlight or renewable nutrients is diverted into cell biomass or biofuel formation.
Cleantech Network forums focus on the needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and others working in Wisconsin’s clean technology sectors. That includes power systems, controls, alternative fuels and more. Each program will include a presentation, audience Q&A and networking.
The forums are produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council in cooperation with the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, Godfrey & Kahn and Kremer Ventures.
Cost is $10 per person in advance and $20 at the door, including refreshments and snacks. Register by January 19.