In The News

Research as a Team Sport

UND Today Ed Steadman, EERC vice president for research, recalled traveling with Mann to power plants in western North Dakota. “Mike was always a great engineer and a consummate professional,” Steadman remembered. “He was the guy behind the scenes you needed to make everything work. He was that quiet, stoic, competent person who was good to work with.”


Sen. Cramer Introduces EERC’s John Harju at EPW Hearing on CCUS

Cramer In his remarks, Senator Cramer highlighted Mr. Harju and EERC’s work on carbon capture, utilization, and storage, ongoing innovative research in energy production, as well as his leadership in North Dakota.


North Dakota facing energy opportunities and challenges

UND Today North Dakota is heading for an oil production bottleneck unless it either finds uses for the natural gas it produces or devises ways to transport the gas to larger markets, according to speakers at the sixth annual Energizing North Dakota’s Future conference.


A True Champion for Energy

UND Today In making the Energy Champion presentation, EERC CEO Charles Gorecki said that “for more than 30 years, Ness’ leadership and commitment to clean, sustainable energy development in North Dakota have resulted in impacts that reach beyond the state to the nation and the world.”


Researchers Dig Deep Into North Dakota’s Coal Seams for Rare Earth Elements

Bismarck Tribune Within North Dakota’s lignite coal seams lie a number of materials needed to produce touch screens used on cellphones, guidance systems for missiles, and motors and batteries for hybrid vehicles…


Sequestering In Place

Ethanol Producer Magazine Pipeline aggregation of ethanol plant CO2 has captured industry attention, but stand-alone CCS projects might be uniquely positioned for early success…


German Geologist at UND Finds Familiar Ground in North Dakota

GF Herald Egenhoff is the new chair of UND’s Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering. He previously visited the state dozens of times while working on research grants in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota’s massive oilfield in the western part of the state…


Minnkota Power Cooperative and Summit Carbon Solutions Announce Project Partnership

Minnkota Power Cooperative (“Minnkota”), a North Dakota-based electric generation and transmission cooperative, and Summit Carbon Solutions (“Summit”), an Iowa-based firm focused on the decarbonization of the agriculture and biofuels industries, have reached an agreement to co-develop carbon dioxide (CO2) storage facilities near Center, North Dakota…


Burgum Hosts Energy Secretary Granholm, Stresses All-of-the-Above Energy Policy and Carbon Opportunities

Office of the Governor Burgum and Hoeven, who both invited Granholm to visit the state, toured the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center with her before joining researchers and energy sector stakeholders for a roundtable discussion on the future of energy and how North Dakota is contributing to U.S. energy independence…


U.S. Secretary of Energy Says North Dakota’s Carbon Storage Capacity a “Gift to the Planet”

GF Herald U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, during a visit to the Energy & Environment Research Center at UND, said she believes North Dakota is poised to play a key role in addressing climate change…


Federal Government Calls on North Dakota Lignite to Answer Domestic Supply Shortage of Critical Minerals

KX News North Dakota U.S. Senator John Hoeven said, “This grant will support the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center’s efforts to continue advancing the production of rare-earth elements, critical minerals and other carbon products from North Dakota lignite coal…”


Industrial Commission Okays Two Studies for ‘Value-Added’ Energy Development

Prairie Public The state Industrial Commission has approved $10 million to fund two legislatively-directed research projects that could lead to more “value added” energy development. The Energy and Environmental Research Center will conduct the research…


Industrial Commission approves funding for two Oil and Gas R&D grants

NDIC The Field Study to Determine the Feasibility of Developing Salt Caverns for Hydrocarbon Storage in Western North Dakota will be conducted by the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). The funding award is for $9.5 million and industry participation will increase the total project value to $10 million…


Industrial Commission Approves Funding for Three Lignite R&D Grants

NDIC The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will lead a diverse 
and experienced coalition team of nearly 30 partners focused on laying the foundation for a new industry for the Williston Basin…


North Dakota Governor Sets Carbon-Neutral Goal by 2030

NGI North Dakota, the nation’s second largest oil-producing state, will strive to become carbon-neutral by decade’s end, Gov. Doug Burgum said…


An Abundance of Research Opportunities

UND Today “Over the past 15 months, 59 new fundamental research ideas were brought forward by EERC researchers, of which 25 have been funded,” said Tom Erickson, SERC Director…


New Milestone for Carbon Capture and Storage

UND Today Red Trail Energy’s ethanol plant at Richardton, N.D., is on track to become the first facility in North Dakota to commercially employ carbon capture and storage. The company has been working with the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center as its research partner on the project…


iPIPE Selects Orbital Sidekick as Partner for Pipeline Monitoring Project

PR Newswire Orbital Sidekick, the first commercial company to deploy hyperspectral sensors in space, today announced that the company has been awarded a 12-month contract to serve as a technology partner with the Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program…


Insights & Intuition

Prairie Business “The EERC takes pride in the success of its employees and measures that success through its five core values of being safe, ethical, engaged, effective, and professional,” said Chris Zygarlicke, Director of Employee Development and Engagement…


EERC researching “rare earth elements” in lignite coal

Prairie Public News “We are seeing we have high concentrations in coals, and lignite in particular,” said EERC CEO Charles Gorecki. “And it’s just identifying where they are, and working on how you extract them, and get them to a processing plant.”…


Our view: Carbon capture a key part of energy future

GF Herald So how can the nation bridge the gap between its reliance on fossil fuels and the path toward alternative, reliable energy sources that are still so far down the road? One answer is carbon capture, and a project in the works in North Dakota can help…


Letter: Department of Energy innovations prime North Dakota energy industry for growth

Bismarck Tribune In North Dakota, 15 DOE Clean Coal and Carbon Management Office projects totaling over $130 million are underway, most of them led by the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center…


North Dakota Delegation Tours Site of Project Tundra

WZFG The Flag Hoeven has worked to support EERC in this and other CCUS efforts and has secured $43 million for Project Tundra to date…