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Centers for Renewable Energy and Biomass Utilization

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, North Dakota, believes renewable energy from hydroelectric, solar, biomass, wind, wave, and geothermal sources is a necessary component to attain longer-term energy security in the United States. Tremendous effort is being put forth to develop technologies through applied research, development, and demonstration that will make significant strides in developing renewable 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.

Renewable Innovations

Since the late 1970s, the EERC’s Centers for Renewable Energy & Biomass Utilization have developed technologies and tools to advance electricity, heat, and fuels production from renewable resources. The EERC has been aggressively pursuing renewable technologies in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and many national and international corporations. The EERC is focused on moving new, innovative technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.


The EERC has been aggressively pursuing effective partnerships in renewable technologies with a broad range of stakeholders, including national and international corporations. The EERC has mastered the art of leveraging government research dollars by developing true working partnerships with government, the research community, and private sector clients to research, develop, refine, demonstrate, patent, and commercialize innovative technologies that provide practical solutions to strategic global energy and environmental issues. The EERC welcomes partners in developing renewable energy technologies. A partnership may be formed to conduct a series of tests on a client’s technology or to work collectively on joint technology.

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