We address the big-picture energy, environmental and transportation materials missions of the Department of Energy and Federal Highway Administration. From this base of experience, we apply our expertise to the benefit work with our partner-clients.
Technology development and support requires extensive resources. We are a research institute with broad perspectives and know-how in science, technology and real-world, on-the-ground conditions. We advance client technologies as needed from concept to bench scale through pilot testing and commercialization. Our partnering network reaches deep and wide, extending opportunities to achieve technology acceptance and strong commercial starts. Often our work results in licensing opportunities for innovative WRI technologies.
We provide high-quality technical services and analytical and research capabilities for applied studies, problem resolution, and development of new models, methods and technologies. From one-time, non-routine analysis or trouble-shooting to multi-million dollar development efforts involving scores of partners, WRI extends your reach.
Jointly Sponsored Research
The Cooperative Research Program under which WRI performs much of its energy-related work was established to stimulate research in support of the mission of the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy. The objective of the Jointly Sponsored Research (JSR) Program is to promote the deployment of advanced technologies that improve energy efficiency and environmental performance, including those not likely to be achieved by the private sector alone.
The JSR program is conducted under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and allows WRI to provide a portion of the cost of cooperative projects. The JSR program and the associated Base Research Program, which supports more fundamental studies, effectively serve cooperative technology development between government and the private sector.
WRI seeks to invest in cooperative projects that bring new technologies and processes to the marketplace. Our areas of interest cover energy and environmental technologies, including new energy processes, fuel cells, bio-energy, and clean fuels, as well as environmental remediation, waste management, and other related areas described on this web site.
Contract Research and Development
Contract services include troubleshooting, analysis, design and optimization, process development and integration, prototyping, testing, scale-up, shake-down, and technology transfer - in short, all the things we do. At our clients’ request, contract services may be provided on a strictly confidential and proprietary basis, with the results becoming client property.
Specialized Analytical Services and Materials of Construction
WRI technical experts use innovative problem-solving tools and skills along with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation to address specialized needs. We deliver contract research, project support, and troubleshooting to address technology development, production, manufacturing, energy, environmental and transportation materials needs.
WRI licenses many of its technologies and processes to firms wanting to meet specific challenges or enhance their product lines and offerings. Technologies available for licensing are listed on the Products page of this web site.
To discuss how WRI can benefit your organization, contact the WRI representative listed as a contact for your area of interest.