Pitt engineers using membrane distillation to recycle water used in fracking and drilling

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As demand for new energy sources grows, the wastewater co-produced alongside oil and gas (produced water) shows no signs of slowing down: The current volume of wastewater—the result of water forced underground to fracture rock and release the deposits—is estimated at 250 million barrels per day, compared to 80 million barrels per day of oil. The method is already being tested in Texas, North Dakota, and most recently in New Stanton, Pa.

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

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Natural gas. North Dakota. North Dakota. North Dakota. Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them.

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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., an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol, a major chemical commodity with worldwide applications in the production of liquid fuels, solvents, resins, and polymers.

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Study finds methane leaks from three large US natural gas fields in line with EPA estimates

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Tens of thousands of pounds of methane leak per hour from equipment in three major natural gas basins that span Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, according to airborne measurements, but the overall leak rate from those basins is only about 1% of gas production there——lower than leak rates measured in other gas fields, and in line with EPA estimates. We are beginning to get a sense of regional variation in methane emissions from natural gas production.

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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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million to 7 universities to conduct advanced turbine technology studies under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. 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.

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Argonne analysis shows greenhouse gas emissions similar for shale, conventional oil

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Shale oil production generates greenhouse gas emissions at levels similar to conventional crude oil production, according to a pair of new studies released by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The research, conducted by Argonne researchers in collaboration with Stanford University and the University of California, Davis, analyzed the Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas and the Bakken play mainly in North Dakota.

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DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. The projects will develop technologies for use in a new generation of advanced turbines that operate using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. The selected projects include: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

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DOE to award up to $12.4M to 11 projects focused on shale gas and enhanced oil recovery

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected 11 research projects that will help find ways to extract more energy from unconventional oil and gas resources while reducing environmental risks for awards totalling $12.4 million for eight projects intended to reduce the environmental risks of shale gas development while accelerating the application of new exploration and production technologies; and $2.1 Natural Gas Oil Oil Shale

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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University of Alabama. University of North Dakota. North Carolina State University. Oregon State University. Gas Technology Institute. University of Cincinnati. University of Maryland - College Park. Princeton University. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Utah State University. Montana State University. Arizona State University. University of California - San Diego.

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DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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The design of the large pilot plant will incorporate an advanced combustion design and control features that have been verified through performance testing on the sub-pilot unit at Ohio State University and further testing on the small-scale pilot at Babcock & Wilcox. University of Illinois. The large membrane pilot will be designed to focus on partial capture from a slipstream of flue gas using the MTR Polaris membrane. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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University of North Dakota. Initial Engineering, Testing, and Design of a Commercial-Scale, Post-Combustion CO 2 Capture System on an Existing Coal-Fired Generating Unit The University of North Dakota will design and determine the cost of installing a post-combustion CO 2 capture system at the Milton R.

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Study identifies Bakken Formation alone as responsible for ~2% of global ethane emissions

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The Bakken Formation, a shale oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is emitting roughly 2% (about 250,000 tons per year) of the globe’s ethane, according to new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan. Low-altitude ozone also plays a role in climate change, as it is a greenhouse gas and the third-largest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide and methane. They directly impact air quality across North America.

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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., The Cummins generator, which normally runs on natural gas, has been modified to run on synthetic natural gas (syngas) produced by an EERC-developed advanced gasification unit. has begun a project to demonstrate the production of heat and power from high-moisture biomass.

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DOE Regional Partnership Begins Core Sampling for Large-Volume Carbon Sequestration Test

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The Plains CO 2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, one of seven members of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program, has begun collecting core samples from a new characterization well near Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson natural gas processing plant in British Columbia, Canada. The Fort Nelson project is on track to become one of the first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects in a saline aquifer in North America.

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DOE funding boost for coal-based power generation

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Seven universities have picked up a significant funding boost from the US Department of Energy in an effort to investigate the technology needed for turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas and high hydrogen content fuels. Universities in Georgia, California, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota and New York will benefit from more than $3.3million for advanced turbine technology [.].

DOE Selects Four Advanced Coal or Coal/Biomass Gasification Projects for Up To $5.9M in Funding to Test Membrane Separation Technology

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The projects will test membrane technology to separate hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from coal or coal/biomass-derived synthesis gas (syngas), such as from Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power systems. These projects are intended to move the technology development to the next level, conducting testing using actual coal-derived synthesis gas. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected four advanced coal gasification projects for funding of up to $5.9

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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. The CBTL process maintains a high overall thermal efficiency while significantly reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with comparable refining methods.

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

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Under this cost-shared research and development (R&D), DOE is awarding $51 million to nine new projects for coal and natural gas power and industrial sources. Under the first FOA (DE-FOA-0002187), Capture Research and Development (R&D): Engineering Scale Testing from Coal- and Natural-Gas-Based Flue Gas and Initial Engineering Design for Industrial Sources, DOE selected nine projects to receive $51 million for cost-shared R&D.

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Diversified Energy Hits Gasifier Development Milestones in DOE-Sponsored Program

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OmniGas uses a patent-pending molten slag approach to produce syngas that can be used by more than 14,000 US industrial consumers of large volumes of natural gas. 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.

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DOE selects 10 projects for $5M in funding to conduct advanced turbine technology research

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 10 university projects to conduct advanced turbine technology research under the Office of Fossil Energy’s University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. These university projects will further the goal of producing advanced gas turbines that combine high-efficiency, low-emissions, and cost-effectiveness. Texas A&M University. Purdue University. University of Texas at Austin. Purdue University.

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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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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 8 research projects for funding that will focus on gasification of coal/biomass to produce synthetic gas (syngas) as a pathway to producing power, hydrogen, fuel or chemicals. CoalTek, teaming with the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research in Lexington, Ky., Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the University of North Dakota Energy and Environment Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D.,

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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. Ohio State University.

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DOE-Sponsored Field Test Demonstrates Viability of Simultaneous CO2 Storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Carbonate Reservoirs

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The PCOR Partnership brings together more than 80 partners—consisting of public agencies, utilities, oil and gas companies, engineering firms, nonprofit organizations, and universities—in a region that includes all or part of nine US states and four Canadian provinces. Led by the Energy and Environmental Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the PCOR Partnership has completed four small-scale validation tests and is currently conducting two large-scale development tests.

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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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Columbia University, and ATS Rheosystems/REOLOGICA. Teaming with the University of California at Irvine, Southern Company, and ConocoPhillips, TDA Research will demonstrate the technical and economic viability of a new IGCC power plant designed to efficiently process low-rank coals. REI, along with researchers from the University of Utah, will evaluate ash deposition and plugging in industrially relevant syngas cooler designs and evaluate methods to mitigate fouling and plugging.

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

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The application of ultrasonic energy forces dissolved CO 2 into gas bubbles. This project will perform bench-scale development and testing of a novel solvent-based CO 2 scrubbing technology, known as Gas Pressurized Stripping (GPS). The proposed work builds upon promising results for CO 2 capture from flue gas obtained in a previous project employing a traditional PSA cycle configuration with long cycle times of 300 seconds or so. University of North Dakota.

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