ExxonMobil contributes $2.5M to University of Wyoming to support unconventional hydrocarbon research

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million to the University of Wyoming to provide laboratory equipment for the university’s Improved Recovery Program, which is part of the newly created Center for Advanced Oil and Gas Technologies. Expansion of the Improved Recovery Program has direct implications for the future of the state and its citizens, the University said, as Wyoming’s economy is based on natural resource extraction. ExxonMobil is contributing $2.5

Peabody Energy Grants $2M to Develop Coal Energy Technology Lab at the University of Wyoming

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The University of Wyoming (UW) has received a $2 million grant from coal giant Peabody Energy to create the Peabody Energy Clean Coal Technology Laboratory in the UW Energy Resources Center in Laramie. This gift will be doubled by the Wyoming State Legislature matching fund.

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UW researchers discover major lithium resource in Wyoming; potential integrated brine production/CO2 storage system

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a major new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the US Department of Energy. We’re excited about this discovery and the prospect of creating a completely new industry in Wyoming.

DOE-sponsored project shows huge potential for carbon storage in Wyoming; potential for lithium recovery to offset cost

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The Wyoming Rock Springs Uplift could potentially store 14 to 17 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to results from a Department of Energy-sponsored study. This is equal to 250 to 300 years’ worth of CO 2 emissions produced by the Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants and other large regional anthropogenic CO 2 sources at current emission levels. The results could also lay the groundwork for a future large-scale carbon capture and storage project in Wyoming.

Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force wards $8.8M to 9 projects for 2011, including coal-to-liquids

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In its latest round of funding, reviewed last month by the state’s Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee, the Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) endorsed nine projects covering research in the fields of carbon capture and sequestration, gasification technology, post-combustion methods, gas clean-up and coal-to-liquids conversion.

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DOE launches $20M University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research at Penn State

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Pennsylvania State University as the lead institution to establish the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research. The Coalition will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from participating universities to address the fundamental research challenges that impede advancement of fossil energy-based technologies.

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MTU researchers develop optimization model to fill in the gaps in connected vehicle data

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University (MTU) have developed a data-driven optimization modeling framework to reconstruct the location-duration-path choices for the missing observations from incomplete data from connected vehicles. The next step in this research is for the model to be applied to existing connected vehicle testbeds in Florida, New York and Wyoming, and provide insights there on how to use connected vehicle data.

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DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The University of Michigan’s award will advance technologies for clean vehicles, while West Virginia University will use its funding to focus on the next generation of coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage.

DOE-sponsored drilling projects demonstrate significant CO2 storage at three sites

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Managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the site characterization well drilling projects occurred in the resource-rich Black Warrior Basin in northwest Alabama; the Newark Basin, underlying a heavily industrialized region in parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and the Rock Springs Uplift in southwestern Wyoming, in proximity to some of the state’s largest sources of CO2 emissions.

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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Montana State University. The team, which includes researchers from Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, seeks to identify a framework of carbon mitigation strategies that would minimize conflicts with food security and clean energy production priorities. Murray State University. University of Southern Mississippi. University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. Jackson State University.

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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Idaho National Laboratory low-energy electrochemical process could eliminate need for steam cracking of hydrocarbons

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A team of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) researchers, with colleagues at Georgia Tech, has pioneered an electrochemical process that could eliminate the need for high-energy steam cracking.

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USDA awards nearly $10M for research on using beetle-killed trees as feedstock for on-site thermochemical conversion technologies

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. CSU researchers, together with other scientists from universities, government and private industry in the region, created the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies ( BANR ) to address these challenges.

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New Research Alliance to Promote Low-Impact Drilling Technologies

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The Houston Advanced Research Center ( HARC ) and the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University are establishing a collaborative research program to promote advanced technology for low-impact oil and gas drilling. In addition to HARC and Texas A&M, founding members of the Alliance include: University of Wyoming. University of Colorado. Utah State University. Sam Houston State University. University of Arkansas.

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Geothermal energy in US grew 5% in 2012; California the leader

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of renewable energy generation in the United States, with geothermal plants and small power units online in nine states including California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. A 2010 Southern Methodist University study showed EGS technology broadens geothermal potential across the US to nearly 3 million MW—a near 40-fold increase compared to traditional geothermal technology potential.

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MSU moves forward with DOE-backed CO2 storage project in northern Montana

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The team includes four other universities, three national laboratories and five private sector companies and has experience with carbon storage projects in Washington, Wyoming, Canada, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and internationally.

ADA Technologies Receives $100,000 To Further Its Li-Ion Battery Research

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is a research, development, and commercialization company headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, with offices on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, VA. ADA Technologies, Inc. has received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to continue its research into the development of high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

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Study finds global rivers and streams emitting 3x IPCC estimates of the GHG N2O

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—Jake Beaulieu of the University of Notre Dame and the US EPA, and lead author of the PNAS paper. Other authors of the paper are: Jennifer Tank of the University of Notre Dame; Stephen Hamilton of Michigan State University; Wilfred Wollheim of the University of New Hampshire; Robert Hall of the University of Wyoming; Patrick Mulholland of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee; Bruce Peterson of Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.;

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USDA to award $25M for R&D for next-generation biofuels

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The following projects have been selected for awards: Kansas State University, $5,078,932. Camelina production will be incorporated into a cropping system with wheat-based crop rotations in Montana and Wyoming. Ohio State University, $6,510,183.

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Azure Dynamics Reports Sales of 16 More Balance Hybrid Electric Vans and Buses

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Intermountain had recently sold its first two Azure products to municipalities in Wyoming and shortly thereafter completed the contract with Littleton. Sales to Wyoming and Colorado showcase that Azure products are not only going to busy urban centers, but are also being adopted in more rural locations that value air quality and fuel efficiency.

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Coulomb Racks Up Series of Charging Infrastructure Wins

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As part of the project, KHLim will acquire several electrical vehicles, such as bikes, scooters, motorbikes and cars, which will be rented to the general public at the University campus. ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations are sold through EV Charge-America, a Coulomb Technologies’ distributor serving Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.

DOE-Sponsored Project Pushes the Limits of Seismic-While-Drilling Technology

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Field testing was performed at the University of Texas’ Devine seismic test site and the US Department of Energy’s Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center near Casper, Wyoming. In a project sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Technology International Inc. has developed an advanced borehole imaging system that is near commercialization.

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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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USGS-led study finds that recent unusual snowpack declines in the Rockies may signal a fundamental shift from precipitation to temperature as dominant influence

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USGS scientists, with partners at the Universities of Arizona, Washington, Wyoming, and Western Ontario, led the study that evaluated the recent declines using snowpack reconstructions from 66 tree-ring chronologies, looking back 500 to more than 1,000 years. A new study led by the US Geological Survey (USGS) suggests that snowpack declines in the Rocky Mountains over the last 30 years are unusual compared to the past few centuries. The paper is published in Science.

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DOE Selects 15 Projects Aimed at Secure CO2 Underground Storage

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Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford, Calif.) Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.) Clemson University researchers will evaluate the feasibility of using wellbore deformations to assess reservoir, caprock, and wellbore conditions. Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.) The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (New York, N.Y.) The Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.)

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DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

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Columbia University , New York, N.Y. Montana State University , Bozeman, Mont. Stanford University , Stanford, Calif. University of Miami Rosenstiel School , Miami, Fla. University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology , Austin, Texas. University of Wyoming , Laramie, Wyo. West Virginia University Research Corporation , Morgantown, W.V. Missouri University of Science and Technology , Rolla, Mo.

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Study finds rising temperatures increase risk of unhealthy ozone levels absent sharp cuts in precursors

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FRAPPÉ is a collaborative effort between the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, UC Berkeley, and other university collaborators, local projects and agencies including local school districts, NASA, NOAA, and NCAR. In addition to NCAR, the study co-authors are from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; University of Colorado, Boulder; and North-West University in South Africa.

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Alkaline surfactant polymer flooding shown to improve recovery in very mature oilfield by more than 300%

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The process has been successfully used in recent years in the Minnelusa reservoirs of Wyoming, the Sho-Vel-Tum. Rex Energy is conducting its ASP field-testing as part of a larger project underway at the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) supported by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and the Prairie Research Institute located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

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The PCOR Partnership is managed by the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center and includes more than 80 public and private partners in all or part of nine states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin) as well as four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba).

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DOE Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam

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The PCOR Partnership is managed by the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) and includes more than 80 public and private partners in all or part of nine states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin) as well as four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba).The

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Converting Oil Shale to Gasoline via Alberta Taciuk Processor Results in Full Fuel Cycle GHG Emissions 1.5-1.75 Larger Than From Conventionally Produced Gasoline

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Converting oil shale to gasoline via the Alberta Taciuk Processor (ATP)—an above-ground shale retort—results in fuel-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of ~130-150 g CO 2 equivalent/MJ of gasoline produced, according to a new analysis by Dr. Adam Brandt at Stanford University.

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Study Finds Regional Variations in Irrigation Practices Can Push Corn Ethanol Water Requirements 3x Higher Than Earlier Estimates; Need to Account for Regional Specifics in Mandates

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have estimated state-level field-to-pump water requirements of corn ethanol production across the US. Top: County-level corn production and ethanol facilities in 2007. The graph illustrates the proximity of ethanol facilities to corn production.

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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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Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) - A Geomechanical Analysis of Gas Shale Fracturing and Its Containment. Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) - Diagnosis of Multiple Fracture Stimulation in Horizontal Wells by Downhole Temperature Measurement for Unconventional Oil and Gas Wells.

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