The EERC Energy Champion Award was created in 1986 to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary personal commitment to energy and environmental research and development. Since then, the award has been presented 12 times to honorees who represent both public service and the private sector, most recently to North Dakota Petroleum Council's President, Ron Ness,… Continue reading 2022 Energy Champion Award Presented to Ron Ness
Welcoming a New Flock of Hawks
As the weather warms up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a new flock of Hawks ushers in the 2022 Energy Hawks Program. The program is a fully immersive internship experience hosted by the State Energy Research Center (SERC) at the EERC. During this program, students work closely with EERC engineers, research scientists, and project managers… Continue reading Welcoming a New Flock of Hawks
Introducing the 2021 EERC Energy Hawks
The Energy Hawks program is a fully immersive summer internship dedicated to expanding knowledge in all aspects of the energy industry hosted by the State Energy Research Center (SERC). We are proud to welcome 13 students to the program in 2021.
Working Toward Real-Time Pipeline Leak Detection
Increased infrastructure in North Dakota for moving large volumes of oil and gas require new technology for pipeline safety to achieve the goal of zero spills or leaks.
Separating Wind Turbine Blades for Reuse, Recycling, and Repurposing
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.
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."
Graphene Precursors Confirmed in North Dakota Lignite Coal
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.
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.
Research Completed on Direct Conversion of Natural Gas
New research was recently completed with the goal of identifying conversion technologies that directly—in a single step—convert natural gas or methane to liquid products that are more easily stored, transported, and marketed.
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.