A team at the EERC received SERC funding to address the need for further research into the reuse, recycling, or repurposing potential of wind blades in North Dakota.
Science says “Go!” on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Richardton. CCS addresses environmental concerns and strengthens the local economy by reducing carbon dioxide emissions which also increases the value of the ethanol.
“We’re less than a year and a half into the initial SERC program," said Erickson. "It’s exploratory and fundamental, so it takes time for things to move forward. But we’ve already seen six new invention disclosures as a result, and we will see more before the first biennium is up."
Much of the testing done on core taken from the Minnkota site will be completed at the EERC during summer 2020, and will be used to develop a North Dakota CO2 storage facility permit proposal for Minnkota and Project Tundra.
Changing energy production and supply processes in North Dakota are addressed in a recently completed SERC project.
Wind turbine blade disposal is presenting a challenge to North Dakota wind farms. A SERC project at the EERC is examining recycling and repurposing potential of blades.