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Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major by-product of energy use. There is growing concern that the ongoing accumulation of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activity may affect global climate.

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is the ideal applied research partner for companies seeking to invest in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). CCUS provides a proven option for energy and industrial companies seeking to combine greenhouse gas mitigation with operations, creating market advantages and opportunities for the sale or utilization of captured CO2. The EERC has a successful record in the design and deployment of CCUS technologies, including projects at industrial scale, forming effective partnerships with industry.


  • Pilot-scale testing of CO2 capture technologies
  • Technical support for large-scale CO2 capture demonstrations
  • Proven adaptive management approach for the deployment of CO2 storage, both in deep saline formations and associated with enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • Core competencies to develop cost-effective technical programs:
  • — Site characterization
  • — Monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA)
  • — Modeling and simulation
  • — Risk assessment and risk management
  • Implementation of field services: vendor identification and selection, project planning, implementation and data acquisition support and data acquisition, and fully integrated interpretation of data and results
  • Life cycle analysis of CCUS projects, including with CO2 EOR






Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership

Since 2003, the EERC has been the preeminent knowledge center focused on the prudent implementation of carbon management and CCUS within the central Great Plains of the United States and Canada. The EERC leads the PCOR Partnership, one of seven such initiatives under the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships Program run by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory. Over 120 organizations representing industry, government, and research institutions have joined the PCOR Partnership to share data, information, and wider perspectives on the practical deployment of CCUS. Covering nine U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, the PCOR Partnership region is already host to several large-scale, operational CCUS projects.

Partnership for CO2 Capture (PCO2C)

The PCO2C Program is dedicated to identify and help commercialize a range of CO2 capture technology systems through bench-, pilot-, and full-scale testing. These technologies will be integrated into the electric utility fleet to meet environmental emission constraints and the requirements of CO2 sequestration. They will also create tools for managing CO2 capture decisions through pilot-scale and systems engineering analyses.


Charles Gorecki
Director of Subsurface R&D

Brian Kalk
Director of Energy Systems Development

Energy & Environmental Research Center

15 North 23rd Street, Stop 9018
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9018

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Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership

Partnership for CO2 Capture (PCO2C) Technology Development