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Today’s energy and environmental needs require the expertise of a total-systems team that can focus on technical details while retaining a broad perspective. The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has more than 65 years of experience providing solutions for clean, efficient coal combustion.

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is dedicated to the commercial deployment of a wide variety of technologies that will make significant strides forward in developing renewable and biomass fuels for heat, power, and transportation. With this commitment to renewable energy comes an equal appreciation for existing fossil resources such as oil, gas, coal, oil shale, and tar sands and the integration of all energy sources.


Full-Scale Field Testing (BPOP)

  • Significant experience with a variety of solid and liquid renewable fuel types
  • Experience in virtually every area of utilization for biomass and wind energy
  • Subsurface expertise for geothermal energy

Pilot-Scale Demonstrations

  • More than a dozen pilot-scale combustion and gasification systems, all capable of testing biomass
  • Experience with client-driven demonstration projects throughout North America, such as the EERC’s biomass microgasifier
  • Fischer–Tropsch systems for synthesizing fuels from biomass-derived gases

Biomass Processing

  • Mobile systems for biomass hauling and temporary storage
  • Complete fuel-handling, crushing, shredding, and chipping preparation facilities for developing and testing process methods for fuel preparation

State-of-the-Art Bench-Scale Laboratory Analysis

  • Autoclaves and pressurized thermogravimetric equipment
  • Numerous analytical facilities for measuring organic and inorganic materials
  • Small-scale test systems for fuels production



  • Straws and switchgrass
  • Forest wood and manufacturing residue
  • Municipal waste
  • Food residue
  • Algae
  • Oil seed crops

Alternative Fuels

  • Green diesel and jet fuel
  • Green gasoline and fuel additives
  • Aviation-grade ethanol
  • Fuel effects on human health

Non-Petroleum-Derived Fuels and Chemicals

  • Renewable or green chemicals
  • Catalytic conversion of crop and algae oils to 100% renewable jet fuel and green diesel
  • Liquid fuels from coal–biomass gasification-derivedsyngas conversion (Fischer–Tropsch)
  • Liquefaction of biomass–coal mixtures to lubricants,transformer fluids, and drilling fluids

Hydrogen Production

  • Designation by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004 as the National Center for Hydrogen Technology® (NCHT®)
  • Hydrogen from coal
  • Hydrogen-on-demand refueling system
  • Battlefield hydrogen (JP-8)
  • Biomass-to-hydrogen
  • Integrated hydrogen and ethanol production
  • Hydrogen fuel cells

Wind and Solar

  • Small wind systems
  • Hydrogen from wind
  • North Dakota solar photovoltaic resources


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

Useful Links

Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership

Partnership for CO2 Capture (PCO2C) Technology Development