Energy: Innovations in Storage, Management and Distribution

The energy storage market is predicted to increase nine times in size between 2017 and 2022*, underscoring the need for innovative technologies to meet this demand. UWM’s researchers, working in close partnership with industry and government funding agencies, are leading efforts to address the world’s growing needs around energy storage, management and distribution.

Join Deyang Qu, mechanical engineering department chair and Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research, as he leads a discussion featuring perspectives from all sides of the issue, including academic researchers, industry producers and users, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The discussion will also highlight the ways in which this collaboration yields not only technology development and commercialization but also provides education and training for the next generation workforce.

A presentation from UWM faculty member founders of SafeLi, which is developing patented material that boosts energy storage capacity in lithium-ion batteries and was named one of 20 Wisconsin Startups to Watch in 2020 by Wisconsin Inno, provides a case study in the benefits of this type of collaboration.



Moderator: Dr. Deyang Qu

Dr. Qu is the Department Chair for Mechanical Engineering and the first Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage. His research focuses on renewable energy and research to improve and develop the next generation of car batteries including Metal air, Supercapacitors, Fuel Cells, Lead Acid, Hydrogen Storage Materials and Alkaline Batteries.




Peter Faguy PhD, Electrochemist, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska Professor and Dean, UWM Graduate School, Founder, Safe Li LLC
Carol Hirschmugl Professor of Physics, UWM, Founder, Safe Li LLC
Dan Krueger EVP of InfrastructureWEC Energy Group
Steve Wood VP of Engineering, Battery and Charger Systems , Milwaukee Tool