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.

Badlands NGL to develop $4B plant in North Dakota to convert ethane from Bakken NGLs into polyethylene

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Badlands NGL, LLC, announced the development of a North Dakota manufacturing plant that will convert ethane (C 2 H 6 ), a byproduct of natural gas processing, into polyethylene, which is used to make a wide variety of end-use consumer and industrial plastics. Badlands NGL, LLC, and its partners expect to invest $4 billion to build the polyethylene manufacturing facility in North Dakota.

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DOE awards U of North Dakota $2.5M to sample and characterize coal-based resources containing rare earth elements

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced that the University of North Dakota has been awarded a 2-year, $1.5-million contract to sample and characterize US coal-based resources containing high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs).

North Dakota awards Tesoro $500K to support $3.5M renewable diesel co-processing project at refinery; 5% renewable diesel blend

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The North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded Tesoro $500,000 to support a $3.5-million project to study enabling the company’s Dickinson, ND refinery to co-process renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils such as soy or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel (RD). North Dakota made the award under its Renewable Energy Council Grant Round 33.

EIA: North Dakota oil production reached new high of 770K bpd in 2012; transported by trucks and railroads

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North Dakota crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged an all-time high of 770,000 barrels per day in December 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). North Dakota production in 2012 trailed only Texas and the US Federal Offshore region, and the state accounted for 10% of total US crude oil production. Much of crude oil production in North Dakota is gathered and transported by truck to railcars leaving the state.

EIA: rising North Dakota oil production and demand spurs two new small refineries

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One of two new small (20,000 bbl/d each) refineries being built in North Dakota broke ground this week, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted in a brief. The Dakota Prairie facility is scheduled to be built in 20 months. North Dakota currently has one refinery, the Tesoro Mandan refinery located near Bismarck. According to Dakota Oil Processing’s website, the primary product from the refinery will be light gas oil, a type of distillate.

Quantum Energy and Bilfinger Westcon partner to develop multiple refineries in the North Dakota-Montana Bakken formation

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Quantum Energy, Inc. Bilfinger Westcon is currently constructing a diesel refinery project in Dickinson, North Dakota expected to be completed around the end of this year. The partners will seek to develop energy centers that will each include a 20,000 barrel per day (bpd) diesel refinery. Quantum Energy, Inc. is a development-stage, publicly traded, diversified holding company with offices in Williston, North Dakota.

EIA: More than 35% of natural gas produced in North Dakota is flared or otherwise not marketed due to infrastructure limitations

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Natural gas production in North Dakota has more than doubled since 2005, largely due to associated natural gas from the growing oil production in the Bakken shale formation. However, due to insufficient natural gas pipeline capacity and processing facilities in the Bakken shale region, more than 35% of North Dakota’s natural gas production so far in 2011 has been flared or otherwise not marketed, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Team at Univ. of North Dakota proposes alternative mechanism for the formation of cyclic hydrocarbons by thermal cracking of crop oils

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A team at the University of North Dakota has investigated the occurrence patterns of cyclic products obtained via the thermal cracking of several TG feedstocks, such as canola and soybean oils, to probe possible formation mechanisms. Energy & Fuels doi: 10.1021/ef200953d. Thermal cracking is a well-known pathway for transforming crop oils (i.e., triacylglyceride oils, TGs) into chemicals that can be used as replacements for petroleum transportation fuels.

Bakken Energy to purchase synfuels plant and convert to blue hydrogen production as part of $2B hydrogen hub project

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Energy infrastructure developer Bakken Energy (Bakken) has reached agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) on key terms and conditions to purchase the assets of the Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), a subsidiary of Basin Electric, and the owner of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

The Sad States of Global Warming & Their Sorry Senators

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Are you just going to let the state of North Dakota get beaten like a borrowed mule by climate change due to your failure to respond appropriately on global warming? They are not afraid to be real leaders And our state is leading the way on energy efficiency, on renewables and on laws to cut emissions. Hey, Max Baucus and Jon Tester in Montana – Do either of you US Senators have a clue on climate change?

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DOE: half of all states now have at least 1,000 non-residential EV charging units

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According to figures from the US Department of Energy (DOE), as of March 2021, there are 25 states that have at least 1,000 non-residential electric vehicle (EV) charging units (public and private).

As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them. The calculated relative amounts of well-to-wheels emissions of greenhouse gases from eight different energy sources are shown in the table below. These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. Energy source. North Dakota.

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Xcel Energy launches EV smart charging pilot in Colorado; Transportation Electrification Plan for New Mexico approved

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Xcel Energy has launched a new pilot for customers of five major automakers to make it easier for consumers to make the switch to electric vehicles in Colorado and to charge their EVs at times when renewable energy production is high and demand on the energy grid is low. Xcel Energy initially launched the Charging Perks pilot for Tesla customers in June 2021. —Alice Jackson, president, Xcel Energy-Colorado.

Mitsubishi Power and DT Midstream partner to advance hydrogen infrastructure across the US

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a provider of power generation and energy storage solutions, have entered into a strategic joint development agreement (JDA) to advance clean hydrogen energy development projects across the United States. The partners will identify, develop and deploy projects that integrate Mitsubishi Power’s power generation and hydrogen technologies with DT Midstream’s energy infrastructure development and operational expertise to decarbonize utility, transportation and industrial sectors.

Proposed CA LCFS pathways for corn starch ethanol with carbon capture and sequestration: as low as 37 gCO2e/MJ

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North Dakota-based Red Trail Energy (RTE), which since 2007 has operated an ethanol production facility with annual production of about 60 million gallons per year, is proposing sequestration of CO 2 produced from starch fermentation to lower the overall carbon intensity of the fuel for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The formation extends over southwestern North Dakota, southeastern Montana, and northwestern South Dakota.

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EIA: 5 states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of US crude oil; shales drive the growth

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Five states (Texas, North Dakota, California, Alaska, and Oklahoma) and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The second-largest state producer was North Dakota at 12%, followed by California and Alaska at close to 7% each and Oklahoma at 4%.

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US EIA: US crude oil production fell by 8% in 2020, the largest annual decrease on record

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million b/d in 2019, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). North Dakota had the second-largest decrease at 242,000 b/d (17%) to an annual average of 1.18 US crude oil production averaged 11.3

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EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

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The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., The US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) awarded $3,500,000 to the project , led by Fuel Cell Energy, as part of its REBELS (Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems) program. FuelCell Energy’s cell would create liquid fuel from natural gas.

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White House: OPEC+ oil production increases “simply not enough”

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President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump. … Competitive energy markets will ensure reliable and stable energy supplies, and OPEC+ must do more to support the recovery.

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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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The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $19 million for 13 projects in traditionally fossil-fuel-producing communities across the country to support production of rare earth elements and critical minerals essential to the manufacturing of batteries, magnets, and other components important to the clean energy economy. Projects will be managed by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

EIA forecasts Bakken oil production will top 1M barrels per day next month; >10% of US oil production

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The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) next month. The update appears in the most recent issue of the US Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR).

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Enel Green Power and NextChem sign MoU for green hydrogen production in US

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Enel Green Power, through its North American renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. through its subsidiary dedicated to the deployment of technologies for the energy transition, NextChem , signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the production of green hydrogen via electrolysis in the United States. In the US, the company is focused on states with an existing operational presence, such as Texas, Utah and North Dakota.

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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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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy selected 13 projects to receive approximately $1.95 A secure, reliable, and sustainable domestic supply of CMs and REEs is essential to the continued health of the US energy and electronics industries and is an important contributor to national security. Energy Fuels Resources (Lakewood, CO). University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).

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NETL says rare earth recovery projects meeting and exceeding expectations

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Four rare earth elements (REEs) recovery projects managed by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) ( earlier post ) have made significant progress in the development of a domestic supply of REEs from coal and coal by-products by successfully producing REE concentrates. The University of North Dakota (bench-scale project) achieved 2% REE concentration at 35% REE recovery using North Dakota lignite coal.

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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.

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EIA: US crude oil imports in 2011 dropped to lowest level since 1999 as domestic oil production rose

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US crude oil imports during 2011 fell to their lowest level in twelve years and were down 12% from their peak in 2005, as higher domestic oil production and decreased consumption of petroleum products reduced American refiners’ purchases of foreign crude, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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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). Diversified Energy completed a detailed design of the demonstration reactor based on results and lessons from previous testing. The fabrication activities will occur during the winter in Diversified Energy’s laboratories in Gilbert, Arizona.

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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.,

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DOE awards $18M to 5 projects to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles & use of other alternative fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $18 million to five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

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USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. A typical gasoline pump delivers fuel with 10% ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy that consumers can purchase.

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7-state Midwest EVOLVE project to promote electric vehicles; Ford, GM, Nissan initial automotive partners

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The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE , a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. The Midwest EVOLVE project is based upon work supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743.

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EIA: US proved oil reserves up for 5th year in a row; N Dakota proved oil reserves surpass Gulf of Mexico

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billion barrels of proved oil reserves (a 9% increase) according to US Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 , released today by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). At the state level, North Dakota led in additions of oil reserves (adding almost 2 billion barrels of proved oil reserves in 2013, a 51% increase from 2012) because of development of the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the Williston Basin.

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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.

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

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. million to develop and test REE recovery systems originally selected and designed under phase 1 of a prior funding opportunity announcement through DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).

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BNSF expands Bakken oil rail transport capacity to 1M barrels per day; overcoming shortage of pipeline capacity

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BNSF Railway (BNSF) has increased capacity in 2012 to enable the railroad to haul one million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. This increased capacity will allow the energy industry to continue the record expansion of oil production in the Williston Basin and to ship the new production to markets throughout the US. BNSF is investing $197 million in 2012 on projects in North Dakota and Montana.

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DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects. University of North Dakota.

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EIA: rail delivery of US oil and petroleum products continues to increase, but rate slower; 1.37M barrels per day

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The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products transported by rail totaled close to 356,000 carloads during the first half of 2013, up 48% from the same period in 2012, according to figures from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) cited by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Source: US Energy Information Administration, data from Association of American Railroads.

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USGS to update Bakken Formation oil assessment based on new geological information; potential for greater recovery

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The US Geological Survey will update its 2008 estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the US portion of the Bakken Formation, an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana. The Administration supports safe and responsible oil and gas production as part of our nation’s comprehensive energy portfolio. It is important to look at this resource and its potential contribution to the national energy portfolio.

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EERC Foundation Receives Patent Application Approval for On-Demand Hydrogen Fueling System

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The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation in Grand Forks, North Dakota, allowance for a patent application on a high-pressure production process for reforming liquid fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, and gasoline, to hydrogen for vehicle fueling.

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

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A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump. North Carolina. North Dakota. South Dakota. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the US.

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

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Australia’s Linc Energy, a developer of underground coal gasification and synthetic fuels projects, has signed an exclusive agreement with PowerHouse Energy Inc, a provider of onsite energy systems that uses fossil and renewable fuels to generate electricity and synthetic gas via the Pyromex ultra high temperature above-ground gasification (UHTG) process. PowerHouse now offers integrated waste and biomass-to-energy systems on a turnkey basis.

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DOE selects 2 projects to demonstrate feasibility of enhanced water recovery; producing usable water from CO2 storage sites

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two projects that will test emerging enhanced water recovery (EWR) technologies for their potential to produce useable water from CO 2 storage sites. Under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), the two countries have already completed a pre-feasibility study for a pilot project in Tianjin that will use CO 2 captured from the GreenGen facility—China’s first integrated gasification combined cycle plant.

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