From early settlers who saw potential in North Dakota coal mines, to researchers who saw a need to expand the uses of our vast resources, we recognize the pioneers that laid the groundwork for what we are today.
February 28 marks the 40th anniversary of the EERC. In 1983, the Grand Forks Energy Technology Center (GFETC) was transferred from the DOE Office of Fossil Energy to UND. The 28th of February 1983 also happened to be the University’s 100th anniversary: a momentous shift befitting such an occasion.
The EERC logo was designed by Terrie Mann, the head of our Graphics Department. Around 1987, what had been known as the Energy Research Center had just merged with the North Dakota Mining and Mineral Resources Research Institute. With that combination of entities came a new name: the Energy and Mineral Research Center (EMRC).
Since its defederalization, the EERC has evolved to conduct research on all fossil fuels, as well as renewable and alternative fuels, and has become a progressive global leader in energy and environmental research.
The wealth of natural resources in the Williston Basin is the product of the geologic history of the region. Organic material deposited in the shallow seas that repeatedly covered the area has been transformed into oil and gas.
The Bakken Formation is located in western North Dakota, eastern Montana, and southern Saskatchewan, Canada, as a subsurface formation within the Williston Basin. The Williston Basin extends to southwestern Manitoba, east-central North Dakota, northwestern South Dakota, eastern Montana, and southern Saskatchewan. The central and deepest basement location is approximately 15,000 feet, near Williston, North Dakota.… Continue reading An Introduction to the Bakken Formation
Did you know that the average American home emits 5 tons of CO2 a year? Additionally, the average business produces roughly 29 metric tons of CO2 per year. This all accumulates to a total of 43.1 billion tons of CO2 in the global atmosphere. The EERC has been studying the best solutions to capturing and… Continue reading How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?
Even if you don't work for the EERC, you can still pledge to reduce your carbon footprint on a smaller scale. Here are ten easy tips to help you do it. 1) Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Look closely at labels when buying light bulbs. Those marked as CFLs last… Continue reading Ten Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint