EERC partnering to improve assessment of carbon dioxide storage capacity

The UND Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., to improve assessment methods for estimating the storage capacity of carbon dioxide (CO2) in tight shale formations, such as the Bakken. The project is funded by NETL with cost share provided by Hitachi.

“Although significant progress has been made globally to investigate the suitability of subsurface geologic sinks for CO2 storage, there is a lack of detailed geologic and petrophysical data needed to develop better techniques for assessing CO2 storage resources within unconventional formations,” said Bethany Kurz, EERC Principal Hydrogeologist, Laboratory Analysis Group Lead. Read more

Improvement of Alstom’s Limestone Chemical Looping Combustion Process

Under a subcontract from GE Power (formerly Alstom) on a U.S. Department of Energy funded project, the UND Institute for Energy Studies will be investigating ways to improve Alstom’s Chemical Looping Technology. UND researchers will be working with Alstom to develop novel oxygen carrier compositions and optimize process conditions to improve fuel conversion and maximize carrier durability. Testing will be conducted using UND’s novel chemical looping test facility. The overall objective of this multi-year project is to advance Chemical Looping technology, an attractive option for reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power generation systems.

~ Daniel Laudal, Research Engineer, Chemical Engineering

A Team Effort to Improve DOE New Climate Model

Dr. Xiquan Dong, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, has received a $200,780 grant sub-award through the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) for the proposal entitled “Evaluation of NCAR CAM5 simulated MBL Cloud Properties Using a Combination of Satellite and Surface Observations”. Professor Dong will provide the Department of Energy (DOE) ARM Azores ground-based observations and retrievals of Marine Boundary Layer (MBL) cloud macrophysical and microphysical properties, as well as drizzle properties. He will work closely with other investigators to evaluate the CAM5 (Community Atmosphere Model) simulated MBL cloud and drizzle properties and eventually improve the CAM5 simulations.

Graduate Research Opportunity: The DOE Office of SCGSR Program is now accepting applications!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due by 4:00 pm CT on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Read more

Method of Separation of Coal Conversion Products from Sorbents/Oxygen Carriers.

The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies is collaborating with Envergex LLC on a U.S. DOE Small Business Innovation Research project that targets the development of a technology for segregating fuel-based contaminants (char and ash) from oxygen carrier material in the context of chemical looping combustion application. Read more