Center

About

Based in the center of Midtown Detroit’s Innovation District, NextEnergy’s offices and testing and demonstration platforms are located within the Wayne State University Industry Innovation Center (formerly NextEnergy Center) and its surrounding campus. Learn more about the Center’s available meeting and event space.

Testing & Demonstration Platforms

NextEnergy works with our partners to leverage the Center’s multiple platforms to demonstrate, test and validate smart mobility, smart home and smart building technology solutions and how they interact with the surrounding infrastructure and grid. Explore the interactive site map below or click here to learn more.

NextEnergy’s alternative fuels platform provides infrastructure to support the fueling and testing of hydrogen and biofuel vehicles, as well as alternative fuel dispensing technologies and storage systems.
NextHome is part smart home, part distributed generation and part direct current (DC) that operates as a living lab within NextEnergy’s testing and demonstration platforms.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – NextEnergy’s multiple electric vehicle charging stations include public charging options, and support research, development, and demonstration of next generation infrastructure, including vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, vehicle-to-building and wireless charging.
Advance Lighting – NextEnergy uses the Center’s innovative facility to demonstrate and help commercialize a variety of advanced lighting technologies. These include indoor and outdoor LED fixtures, off-grid fixtures, advanced lighting control systems, daylighting control systems and daylight emulators.
Microgrid Pavilion – The Center is home to one of the first microgrid research pavilions in the nation, capable of mimicking any grid scenario in the world for testing and validating advanced energy and transportation technology solutions.
Auditorium – The Center’s leasable event space includes a 122-person capacity auditorium equipped with a state-of-the-art projector, screen, lighting and sound system. The large stage is vehicle-accessible.
Atrium – The Center’s leasable event space includes a 300-person capacity, 4,500 sq. ft. atrium for events, demonstrations and exhibits, equipped with state-of-the-art monitors, lighting and sound system. The large revolving door allows for vehicle access.
Meeting Rooms – The Center’s leasable event space includes a 66-person capacity meeting room dividable by a retractable wall. The rooms can accommodate multiple seating configurations, and include lighting, projection and sound systems.