Blue Bird expects close to 300 electric school buses deployed throughout US by end of year

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School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation has seen a surge in demand for their 100% electric school buses since their introduction in 2018. Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation, said the company expects to have close to 300 electric buses on the road by year-end. We have deployed buses in over 25% of all states in the US, including cold climates such as North Dakota and New York, as well as hot areas such as Texas and Georgia.

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — North (Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia): Pennsylvania State University aims to assess and catalog Northern Appalachian Basin rare earth elements and critical minerals resources and waste streams, develop strategies to recover minerals from these streams, and assess the infrastructure, industries and businesses in the Northern Appalachian Basin to determine supply chain gaps.

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More than 100 Blue Bird electric school buses have been ordered so far; Cummins electric drive

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More than 100 electric school buses, powered by a Cummins fully electric drivetrain, have been ordered to date from Blue Bird Corporation, a school bus manufacturer highly focused on alternative fuel technologies. Blue Bird electric buses are already operating in California, North Dakota and Washington. —Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.

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DOE awards $1.95M for conceptual designs that extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal sources

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Concurrent Technologies Corporation (Johnstown, PA). University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND). West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV). The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy selected 13 projects to receive approximately $1.95 million in federal funding to develop conceptual designs of commercially viable technologies that will extract rare earth elements (REEs) from US coal and coal by-product sources.

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Marathon to serve as anchor shipper for Bakken Sandpiper Project pipeline

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. of the construction of the Sandpiper Project, which will become part of Enbridge Energy Partners’ North Dakota System when it is completed. It will expand and extend the Bakken takeaway capacity of the North Dakota System by 225,000 barrels per day (bpd) to a total of 580,000 bpd. announced that MPC will serve as an anchor shipper for the Sandpiper Project pipeline in the Bakken shale.

2013 185

DOE invests $17.4M in projects to advance recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The following two bench-scale projects were selected under area of interest 1: The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies will use North Dakota sub-bituminous lignite coal and coal-related material as feedstock to test their REE recovery system. West Virginia University Research Corporation will use acid mine drainage solids as a feedstock for recovery of REEs and other useful materials.

2017 163

USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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BIP funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation must be used to pay a portion of the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps and related infrastructure dedicated to the distribution of higher ethanol blends, for example E15 and E85, at vehicle fueling locations. North Carolina. North Dakota. South Dakota.

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Fuso eCanter electric truck uses John Deere PD400 Inverter

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is the competence center for light-duty trucks and hybrid technology at Daimler Trucks, and is one of the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles in Asia. The traction motor, PD400 inverter, and the reference vehicle cooling system were assembled at JDES labs in Fargo, North Dakota. John Deere Electronic Solutions’ (JDES) PD400 inverter is a key component in the Fuso eCanter fully electric truck. Earlier post.)

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DOE to award $4M to 9 projects to recover rare earth elements from coal and by-products

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The University of North Dakota. Economic Extraction and Recovery of REEs and Production of Clean Value-Added Products from Low-Rank Coal Fly Ash The University of North Dakota will collect ash samples and perform characterizations that will be used to inform the development of extraction and concentration approaches. West Virginia University Research Corporation.

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DOE Lab, partners find high concentrations of rare earth elements in American coal basins

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The discovery was made in partnership with West Virginia University (WVU), the University of Kentucky (UK), Tetra Tech, and the XLight Corporation. Meanwhile, UK analyzed western Kentucky bituminous coal in the Illinois Coal Basin, and XLight Corporation investigated coal-related materials in the Eastern Pennsylvania Anthracite Region. A second bench-scale facility is being designed for construction by the University of North Dakota to recover REEs from lignitic material.

2017 150

Transcanada restarts Keystone oil sands pipeline operations

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TransCanada Corporation said that its 590,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) capacity Keystone Pipeline system resumed transporting oil sands crude on Sunday, 5 June, after a shutdown 29 May following an above-ground spill at a pump station in Kansas involving less than 10 barrels of oil. The Canadian portion of the pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta east into Manitoba where it turns south and crosses the border into North Dakota.

First application of GE ORegen organic rankine cycle waste heat recovery system at Alliance Pipeline Compressor Station in Alberta

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The ORegen technology qualified for partial government funding through the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation. billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from British Columbia and northwestern Alberta through Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa to a terminal in Chicago.

2011 216

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. In July, EERC was awarded a subcontract by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to help produce renewable jet fuel from algae.

2009 170

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.,

2009 185

TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; alternative Nebraska route not yet determined

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TransCanada Corporation has submitted a new Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State (DOS) for the Keystone XL Pipeline from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. The application includes the already reviewed route in Montana and South Dakota; TransCanada will supplement its new application with an alternative route in Nebraska as soon as that route is selected.

Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. Its properties are concentrated in Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana and Montana. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. The agreement, which is subject to XTO stockholder approval and regulatory clearance, will enhance ExxonMobil’s position in the development of unconventional natural gas and oil resources.

2009 170

Diversified Energy Hits Gasifier Development Milestones in DOE-Sponsored Program

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Diversified Energy Corporation has successfully completed several key milestones in an advanced gasification development program being sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The reactor will then be transported to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota for integration with upstream and downstream processing equipment, before proceeding into testing next summer.

2009 191

Sparton and NuCoal to Evaluate NuCoals Saskatchewan Coal Holdings and CTL Residue for Germanium and Uranium Commercialization Potential

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and NuCoal Energy Corporation recently executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) wherein Sparton and NuCoal will jointly evaluate the potential of NuCoal’s lignitic coal holdings in Saskatchewan to host commercial germanium and uranium mineralization. Available records indicate that as much as 3 million pounds of uranium oxide were produced from burning high uranium lignitic coals in the late 1960s and early 1970s in North Dakota alone. Sparton Resources Inc.

2009 179

The Carlyle Group and Sunoco to form Philadelphia refinery joint venture

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Build High-Speed Train Unloading Facility at Refinery: Provide access to greater quantities of crude oil from North America (versus imported crude), particularly high-quality, low sulfur crude from the Bakken region in North Dakota. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation, will supply the refinery with crude and non-crude feedstocks on a just-in-time basis and will purchase refined products from the refinery for offtake. Global asset manager The Carlyle Group L.P.

DOE Awarding More Than $3.3M to 7 Universities To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies for Advanced Coal-Based Power Generation

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The universities—located in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, California, and New York—will investigate the technology needed for the efficient operation of turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. The selected projects, each 36 months in duration, include: Georgia Tech Research Corporation , Atlanta, Ga. University of North Dakota , Grand Forks, N.D.

2010 185

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.

2009 150

$67 Oil Has All The Majors Converging in Argentina

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Drilling activity has continued to grow, but high costs and infrastructure constraints have prevented production levels from rocketing skywards as they did in places like Texas or North Dakota. Meanwhile, a corporate makeover is also underway. by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Argentina offers one of the few places on earth where oil companies are not suffering from the full force of the collapse in prices.

Marathon acquires additional Eagle Ford Shale assets for $3.5B

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Marathon Oil Corporation has reached a definitive agreement with Hilcorp Resources Holdings, LP to purchase its assets in the core of the Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas in a transaction valued at $3.5 This transaction enhances our already strong North America position focused on unconventional, liquids-rich resource plays that provide low-risk, scalable and profitable growth.

2011 185

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 fuels will be produced at a pilot facility currently under construction at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University Of North Dakota.

2010 191

Record $86B in 2011 US oil and gas upstream deals, led by unconventional sector with $62B

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Industry appetite for oil-rich resource plays, particularly the North Dakota Bakken shale, Texas Eagle Ford shale and Ohio Utica shale, drove deal activity in the unconventional sector to a record $62 billion. In the largest corporate M&A deal of the year across all industries in the United States in 2011, Kinder Morgan acquired El Paso Corporation for $37.8 billion in October, creating North America’s largest midstream company.

2012 196

DOE awarding $72M to 27 projects to develop and advance carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture

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University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (Grand Forks, ND) will complete an initial engineering design for a hybrid capture system and estimate associated costs for retrofitting the Red Trail Energy ethanol plant. Georgia Tech Research Corporation plans to develop and test MIL-101(Cr)-based sorbents in the form of powders, in composite polymer/MOF fibers and on the surface of monoliths.

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TransCanada to re-apply for Keystone XL cross-border permit; proceeding with Cushing-to-Gulf portion as a discrete project with White House support

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TransCanada Corporation has informed the US Department of State (DOS) that it plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross-border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. Our application will include the already reviewed route in Montana and South Dakota.

2012 191

VeraSun Obtains $280M “Stalking Horse” Bid from Valero for Six Ethanol Facilities; Seeking to Sell All Assets

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VeraSun Energy Corporation, one of the US’ largest corn ethanol producers, has signed an agreement with Valero Energy Corporation, one of the US’ largest petroleum refiners, to sell substantially all of the assets relating to five VeraSun ethanol production facilities—Aurora, South Dakota; Charles City, Fort Dodge, and Hartley, Iowa; Welcome, Minnesota—and a development site in Reynolds, Indiana. The “Marion Group” consists of the production facility in Marion, South Dakota.

2009 150

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

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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. Demonstrate plug‐in electric vehicles through local showcases in key markets throughout major metropolitan areas in seven Midwest states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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US State Department Issues Permit for Alberta Clipper Pipeline for Oil Sands Crude Delivery to US

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In the US, the Alberta Clipper Pipeline will extend 326 miles from the US-Canadian border near Neche, North Dakota across northern Minnesota to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The Alberta Clipper pipeline (red). Click to enlarge. The US State Department has issued a Presidential Permit to Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership to enable construction of the Alberta Clipper pipeline for the transport of crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to US refineries. Earlier post.).

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. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) fuels team will flight test a 50:50 blend of hydrotreated renewable JP-5 (HRJ5) and petroleum-based JP-5 in an F/A-18 Super Hornet at Patuxent River, Md., by next spring or summer.

2009 179

RAND reports suggest US DoD use less petroleum fuel to deal with high prices, not count on alternatives

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According to three new reports on “Promoting International Energy Security” issued by the RAND Corporation, because the energy purchases made by the US Department of Defense are not large enough to influence world oil prices—despite DoD requiring considerable amounts of fuel to function—cutting fuel use is the only effective choice to reduce what the Pentagon spends on petroleum fuels.

2012 196

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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Summit Power Group, LLC and Blue Strategies, LLC have signed a 15-year CO 2 offtake agreement with Whiting Petroleum Corporation for some of the CO 2 that will be captured by Summit’s Texas Clean Energy Project ( TCEP ), a coal gasification with carbon capture polygen project being developed in Penwell, Texas, outside Odessa. The project’s front end engineering design (FEED) study was launched in June 2010 by Fluor, Siemens and Selas Fluid Processing Corporation, a Linde Group subsidiary.

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