E15 now available in North Dakota

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E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The others are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and other ethanol backers announced the availability of E15 at the Petro Serve USA’s Bismarck fueling and retail store on Divide Avenue.

Enbridge to invest $6.2B in pipeline expansions for light oil from North Dakota and Canada

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will proceed with a $6.2-billion program of pipeline expansions to carry an additional 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light oil from North Dakota and western Canada to refinery markets in Ontario, Quebec and the US Midwest. Specifics include: North Dakota System Expansion and Extension. Construction of a 965-kilometer (600-mile) 24-inch diameter line (Sandpiper Project) from Beaver Lodge, North Dakota, to the Superior, Wisconsin, Terminal. Enbridge Inc.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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SuperTruck II builds on the successful SuperTruck I program, which has already led to more than twenty fuel saving technologies that have reached the commercial market, said Acting Assistant Secretary David Friedman. Daimler Trucks North America LLC will develop and demonstrate a tractor-trailer combination using a suite of technologies including active aerodynamics, cylinder deactivation, hybridization, and the electrification of accessories.

New high-pressure dry-solids feed pump could make high-efficiency, lower-emission gasification economically competitive

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The first Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne commercial-scale high-pressure dry-solids feed pump was commissioned at the Environmental and Engineering Research Center on 10 April 2012. If successful, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will make the pump available to industry for commercial use.

EERC Licenses New Process for Cellulosic Biofuels and Fuel Additives to Whole Energy Fuels for Commercialization

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation at the University of North Dakota has issued global, exclusive licensing rights to Whole Energy Fuels Corporation for a novel cellulosic biofuel technology which converts biomass and other recycled material without using enzymes, fermentation, or extreme operating conditions into compounds in the diesel fuel boiling range—i.e.,

EERC and Tesoro Partner on $1M Project to Produce Refinery-Based Renewable Drop-in Fuels from Crambe and Other Oilseed Crops

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center ( EERC ) at the University of North Dakota is collaborating with Tesoro, an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, on a $1-million project to evaluate renewable oil refining technologies for commercial production of renewable diesel fuel, jet fuel, and naphtha (a light hydrocarbon mixture with applications in production of gasoline blendstocks and chemical intermediates) from North Dakota oilseed crops, such as crambe.

Accelergy Begins Production of Synthetic Jet Fuel from Coal and Biomass; USAF to Evaluate for 100% Synthetic Fuel Use

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Accelergy Corporation has begun production of a synthetic fuel from coal and biomass, to be evaluated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the industry benchmark for 100% synthetic jet fuel. The USAF currently uses JP-8 fuel in all of its aircraft and has been looking for a commercially viable 100% synthetic alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Production from this facility will commence in the 3 rd quarter of this year.

DOE Selects 8 Projects to Advance Technologies for the Co-Production of Power and Hydrogen, Fuels or Chemicals from Coal-Biomass Feedstocks

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Awards are in three areas: Reprocessing and Conditioning of Coal/Biomass Mixtures for Simultaneous Co-Feeding Systems; Reactive Properties of Coal/Biomass Mixed Fuels; and Design Concepts for Co-Production of Power, Fuels and Chemicals. Work in area 3 will result in the development of conceptual designs for co-production facilities incorporating advanced, novel concepts. and the University of North Dakota Energy and Environment Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D.,

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90% of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines. Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee EPA is requesting proposals between): EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1,900,000.

Cummins Power Generation Provides Generator for Biomass Syngas Demonstration Project at the EERC

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota, in partnership with Cummins Power Generation, Inc., has begun a project to demonstrate the production of heat and power from high-moisture biomass. Cummins Power Generation has provided the electrical generator for the project, a key component in producing 35-40 kilowatts of power a day, enough for one home.

EERC Awarded Subcontract to Help Produce 100% Renewable Jet Fuel from Algae

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center ( EERC ) at the University of North Dakota has been awarded a subcontract by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to help produce renewable jet fuel from algae. The effort is being funded by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is a continuation of the first successful production of 100% renewable fuel for the US military by the EERC.

Accelergy Licenses EERC Technology for Coal Biomass to Synthetic Jet Fuels Process

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Accelergy Corporation, an advanced coal-to-liquids company, has formed a strategic partnership with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. That effort is being funded by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is a continuation of the first successful production of 100% renewable fuel for the US military by the EERC.

Midwestern Governors Urge EPA to Increase Ethanol Blend Level to E15

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In the letter , the governors said that: Stifling the growth of conventional ethanol undermines the goal of making cellulosic ethanol a commercial reality. In addition to a waiver, we would also ask you to work with manufacturers of gasoline powered products, such as tools, equipment and vehicles, to clarify the feasibility of expanding their warranties to include increased ethanol blends approved by EPA of up to 15%. Tim Pawlenty; North Dakota Gov.

DOE selects 16 projects for funding to develop post-combustion carbon capture technologies

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The Obama Administration has made a goal of developing cost-effective deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies within 10 years, with an objective of bringing 5 to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016. The low solvent regeneration temperatures of the proposed technology facilitates energy integration that has the potential to reduce overall CO 2 capture energy penalty by more than 50 percent compared to commercial systems.

DOE to Award Up to $408M to Two CCS Projects at Coal Power Plants; One for Hydrogen-Fired Power Generation

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The two projects selected—an existing power plant in North Dakota and a new facility in California—will incorporate advanced technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The goal of CCPI is to accelerate the readiness of advanced coal technologies for commercial deployment. Hydrogen Energy California Project: Commercial Demonstration of Advanced IGCC with Full Carbon Capture.

APG licenses Trident natural gas liquid process, acquires operating technology; flare-to-fuels

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APG) has signed a license agreement with Trident Resources, LLC for the exclusive worldwide right to commercialize Trident’s proprietary Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) process technology. In North America, there are thousands more well sites that have similar classification where pipeline access will never be logistically or economically feasible. We see a very large addressable market in the thousands of heavy-duty trucks supporting the oil and gas production industry.

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Syntec Biofuel and EERC Enter Joint Development Program to Convert Biomass and Waste to Bio-Butanol

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has entered into a joint development program with the Energy & Environmental Research Center ( EERC ) at the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks for converting a wide variety of biomass and waste into bio-butanol. Virtually all of the butanol is use today is produced petrochemically, although a number of initiatives—such as the BP-DuPont partnership—are targeting commercially viable production of bio-butanol via fermentation.

DOE to award up to $14M to 6 new projects to advance IGCC with carbon capture technology for coal-fired plants

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The six projects will promote the commercialization of IGCC with carbon capture by advancing technologies to make the process more economical. General Electric and partner Eastman Chemical Company will evaluate and demonstrate the benefits of novel dry-feed technologies to effectively, reliably, and economically feed low-rank coal into commercial IGCC systems. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

USGS boosts assessment of recoverable natural gas in Marcellus Shale by 42x from 2002; now 84 trillion cubic feet

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INTEK developed its resource estimates from publicly available company data and commercial databases for wells and acreage currently in production. Technological improvements resulted in commercially viable gas production and the rapid development of a major, new continuous natural gas and natural gas liquids play in the Appalachian Basin, the oldest producing petroleum province in the United States.

Occidental Petroleum Projects California Shale Development May Become Its Largest Business Unit Within 10 Years

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Occidental Petroleum, the fourth-largest US oil and gas company, based on equity market capitalization, says that within the next 10 years, its California shale development program—which currently delivers more than 25% of its California production—could become the company’s largest business unit. A critical technical problem for commercial success with OSSR plays is that of obtaining sufficient permeability to obtain flow at economic rates for what is essentially immobile oil.

Linc Energy taking stake in aboveground gasification company; potential CTL introduction in US

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Additionally, the process does not utilize oxygen injection, which means there is no need for a large air separation unit (oxygen production facility). This royalty does not include any downstream profit exposure, such as may be achieved from gas-to-liquids production. The PowerHouse deal will allow Linc Energy to further open up a number of coal opportunities in the United States, including the state-line coal areas we own in Montana and North-Dakota.

USDA Report Provides Regional Roadmap To Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022; Southeast to Provide ~50% of Advanced Biofuels

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report outlining both the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts in the US and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing and distribution of biofuels. Among the specific conclusions of the report are: A rapid build-up in production capabilities is needed to meet the RFS2 targets for cellulosic biofuels. Region States Feedstocks Potential production capacity Land use.

Texas Clean Energy Project signs long-term CO2 offtake agreement with Whiting Petroleum for enhanced oil recovery; 90% CO2 capture from IGCC coal polygen plant

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urea production. We now have sales commitments in place for all three of TCEP’s main commercial products—electric power, urea for fertilizer, and CO 2 for enhanced oil recovery—and that is obviously key to getting this project underway. urea production.

Navy to Test 50:50 Hydrotreated Renewable Jet Fuel Blend in F/A-18 Super Hornet; 590,000-Gallon HRJ Solicitation for Navy and Air Force

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota also has been awarded a subcontract by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to help produce 100% renewable jet fuel from algae. Storage stability is a unique military and Navy requirement not required in the commercial world. Actual usage in the fleet will depend on industry production capability.

Proposed Federal CEDA Designed to Help Risky Breakthrough Technologies Cross the Valley of Death; Working with $10+ Billion Fund

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One of the highlights to the conference was an overview of a potential new government organization called the Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA), which is designed to help promising, although risky, breakthrough technologies with commercial appeal cross the “valley of death”. A common topic at renewable energy conferences is how to help companies cross the valley of death between technical validation at the pilot stage and full-scale commercial production.

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Charging consumers to more accurately reflect the actual cost of a product--in this case energy--will lead consumers to change their behavior, smart-grid advocates say. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. Where did you pull up that "wind potential of North Dakota" BS from?