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).

US DOE Awards Second Phase of North Dakota Oil Production Study; Targeting Improved Recovery

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded an agreement to the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) to extend a study that will enhance the understanding of factors affecting oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks-Sanish formations within the Williston Basin. North Dakota is the fourth-largest oil producer in the United States, exceeded only by Texas, Alaska, and California.


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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. 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.

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

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Engineers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are using membrane distillation technology to enable drillers to filter and reuse the produced water in the oil and gas industry, in agriculture, and other beneficial uses. 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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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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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). This $7.5-million federal investment will fund university research on the safe integration of drones into our national airspace. Mississippi State University – lead University. Kansas State University.

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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. Other: University of Kansas Center for Research Inc.

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 selected projects include: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex. University of California-Irvine, Irvine, Calif. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

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NETL says rare earth recovery projects meeting and exceeding expectations

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The University of Kentucky (pilot-scale project) achieved greater than 80% REE concentration at greater than 75% REE recovery using Central Appalachian Basin and Illinois Basin coal preparation plant refuse. The University of North Dakota (bench-scale project) achieved 2% REE concentration at 35% REE recovery using North Dakota lignite coal. The University will build and test the technology in their laboratory.

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Study finds air pollution and GHG costs of crude-by-rail nearly 2x pipeline costs; much larger than spill and accidents costs

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have found that the air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of shipping crude by rail are nearly twice as large as those for oil pipelines. The study estimated that the air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of moving a fully loaded 100-car train (unit train) of crude oil from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast are about $150,000 and from North Dakota to the East Coast are $210,000.

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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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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. Each project will receive up to $150,000 in DOE funding.

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NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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The NNCI sites will provide researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. These 16 sites are located in 15 states and involve 27 universities across the nation. San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure, University of California, San Diego, PI: Yu-Hwa Lo.

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Wyoming leads in vehicle miles traveled per person

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The states that follow Wyoming with the highest levels of VMT per person are Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, and North Dakota. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by all vehicles in the United States vary greatly across the individual states.

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., Other partners in the project are MIT, the University of Connecticut, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The EERC’s portion of the project is being funded through matching funds from the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Research ND Program.

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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 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.

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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. 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. Duke University.

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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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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. University of Alaska Fairbanks. University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center.

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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 Ohio State University. Concentrating Rare Earth Elements in Acid Mine Drainage using Coal Combustion By-Products The Ohio State University will collaborate with state agencies to carry out field investigation aimed to screen and evaluate the seasonal changes of rare earths for acid mine drainage discharges that have high recovery potential. University of Kentucky Research Foundation. The University of North Dakota. The University of Utah.

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FAA selects 6 sites for unmanned aircraft systems research for integration into US airspace

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On 14 Februar 2013, the agency solicited proposals from public entities, including state and local governments and eligible universities interested in operating the test sites. The six test site operators and the research they will conduct into future UAS use are: University of Alaska. The University of Alaska proposal contained a diverse set of test site range locations in seven climatic zones as well as geographic diversity with test site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon.

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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 University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center and its partners will evaluate active reservoir management (ARM) approaches developed during Phase I for managing formation pressure, predicting and monitoring differential pressure plume movement, and validating pressure and brine plume model predictions at an operating commercial saltwater disposal facility located near Watford City, North Dakota.

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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.

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Obama: no Keystone XL if significant exacerbation of GHG; Canada: no problem

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In his talk at Georgetown University outlining his climate action plan, President Barack Obama suggested that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would only be built if the project “ does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. ”. Oliver said that 20% of the crude transported by Keystone was of lighter grades coming from North Dakota, Montana and Saskatchewan.

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Crumb rubber from old tires can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance

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With funding from The National Science Foundation (NSF), Magdy Abdelrahman, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at North Dakota State University, is experimenting with “crumb” rubber—ground up tires of different sized particles—and other components to improve the rubberized road materials that a number of states already are using to enhance aging asphalt.

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MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin. The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations.

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MIT study: half of US deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

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Barrett and his colleagues developed such tools, drawing on fundamental work by Daven Henze at the University of Colorado at Boulder, to track how every state in the contiguous US affects pollution and health outcomes in every other state.

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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. A second bench-scale facility is being designed for construction by the University of North Dakota to recover REEs from lignitic material.

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NSF Awards $510K to NDSU and Clarkson Researchers to Explore Use of Nanostructured Enzyme Capsules for Hydrolysis of Biomass for Fuels

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $510,335 to a collaboration between North Dakota State University and Clarkson University researchers professors for a research project to improve conversion and reduce costs of making fuels from cellulosic biomass. Sergiy Minko, chaired professor of chemistry at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.,

2010 183

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

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CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder. The CIRES and NOAA team is planning another aircraft mission this spring, to expand emissions measurements from gas-producing regions stretching from Texas to North Dakota.

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

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The project is a collaborative effort among Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions, and the Environmental and Engineering Research Center at the University of North Dakota.

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

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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. The project is one of two large-volume tests that the PCOR partnership is undertaking in the development phase of the DOE partnerships program, which focuses on large-volume carbon storage; the second test is planned for the Williston Basin in North Dakota.

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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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Initial gasification tests will be conducted on the small-scale Colorado School of Mines gasifier with additional testing likely at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D.(DOE Gasification testing will be conducted in several gasifiers located at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

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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., 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.

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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 [.].

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 Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam

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A US Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) team of regional partners has begun injecting CO 2 into a deep lignite coal seam in Burke County, North Dakota, to demonstrate the economic and environmental viability of geologic CO 2 storage in the US Great Plains region. This insight can be broadly applied both within the region and more broadly, as low-rank coal seams are known to occur throughout western North America.

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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. They directly impact air quality across North America. A snapshot from a simulation of how Bakken oil field hydrocarbon emissions including ethane affect North American ground-level ozone concentrations.

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DOE selects 10 projects to enhance research into recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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A Pollution-Prevention and Economically Viable Technology for Separation of Rare Earth Elements from Powder River Basin Coal Ashes The University of Wyoming will design, develop, and test a three-step bench-scale extraction process that will use carbon dioxide and ferric chloride under supercritical conditions to recover REEs from Powder River Basin sub-bituminous post-combustion coal ash.

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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. Under the terms of a new agreement, Accelergy will license EERC’s proprietary technology as part of its Coal Biomass to Liquids (CBTL) process to accelerate the development of specialty liquid jet fuels used by the military from non-petroleum sources.

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

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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. to Alaska North Slope crude, to 30.98 —Adam Brandt, lead author of the Bakken study and a professor at Stanford University.

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Diversified Energy Hits Gasifier Development Milestones in DOE-Sponsored Program

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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. Separately, Diversified Energy Corporation and North Carolina State University, as part of a team led by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, received one of the 37 ARPA-E awards.

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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.

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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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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., GTI, in partnership with Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada, both in Reno, Nev.; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Va.)-Partnering Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)

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