BROOKFIELD – How will Wisconsin’s groundbreaking federal grant to explore and enhance biofuels production help the state’s economy? Learn more from UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Molly Jahn and Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative director Timothy Donohue at the Sept. 13 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Milwaukee-area chapter.

The meeting will be held at Brookfield Suites Hotel and Convention Center, 1200 S. Moorland Road, just off I-94 in Brookfield. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships. To register online, go to

It was announced this summer that a consortium of universities, U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories and businesses led by the UW-Madison would receive one of three $125-million grants to establish bioenergy research centers.
The Wisconsin award establishes the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, where scientists and engineers will conduct basic research toward a suite of new technologies to help convert cellulosic plant biomass ラ cornstalks, wood chips and perennial native grasses ラ to sources of energy for everything from cars to electrical power plants.
The other two DOE Bioenergy Research Centers are the DOE BioEnergy Research Center, led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.
In competing for the grant, Dean Jahn and principal investigator Donohue worked with a coalition that included Michigan State University and Wisconsin businesses. The award will be spread over five years and involve researchers statewide.

Contact Liz Katz or Tom Still at 608-442-7557