During this project, a total of 78 North Dakota shale samples from three different formations (Niobrara, Pierre, and Bakken) were evaluated for total REE and other critical mineral content.
“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."
A recently completed research study at the EERC provides new evaluations of the potential to make high-value graphene-based solid carbon products from North Dakota lignite.
In situ leaching (ISL) shows potential in North Dakota coal seams, the result of one of three SERC projects completed Spring 2020.
Several EERC research projects were recently featured at the 2019 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference. Two of them received honorable mentions in the conference’s Best Paper and Poster Awards.