In 2019, the North Dakota legislature designated the EERC as the energy research center for North Dakota. The State Energy Research Center of North Dakota (SERC) is focusing on emerging topics critical to the state’s energy industry and environmental challenges, such as flaring reduction, pipeline safety, efficient lignite use, and increasing oil recovery while decreasing environmental impacts.
SERC provides researchers a platform for developing impactful technologies that support North Dakota’s energy industry and benefit the environment.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s program took place online, and students and facilitators chose to adapt and continue learning to the best of their ability—from the comfort of their own homes.
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.
This year’s Energy Hawks expand to include students from across the state and will operate fully remotely through the summer.
Changing energy production and supply processes in North Dakota are addressed in a recently completed SERC project.
In situ leaching (ISL) shows potential in North Dakota coal seams, the result of one of three SERC projects completed Spring 2020.
Completed under SERC funding, this project focused on identifying the potential effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) on North Dakota’s electrical grid.