SERC Updates

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.

Critical Minerals in North Dakota’s Shales

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.

An Abundance of Research Opportunities

“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.”

Overpressured Inyan Kara Formation

A recently completed SERC project at the EERC is addressing the changing operations in the oil and gas industry, with the goal of determining if water extraction from the Inyan Kara (IK) Formation is technically viable for managing subsurface pressure during the drilling and construction of nearby Bakken wells.

A Virtual Summer

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.

Revealing the Past with Rock Core

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.

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