State Energy Research Center
Exploratory, innovative, and transformational research that advances future energy opportunities
In 2019, the North Dakota legislature designated the EERC as the energy research center for North Dakota. The State Energy Research Center of North Dakota (SERC) is focusing on emerging topics critical to the state’s energy industry and environmental challenges, such as flaring reduction, pipeline safety, efficient lignite use, and increasing oil recovery while decreasing environmental impacts.
Our scientists and engineers are dedicated to advancing technologies to create abundant clean energy and improve the way we use it in our modern world.
SERC provides researchers a platform for developing impactful technologies that support North Dakota’s energy industry and benefit the environment.
These projects are far more valuable than the money we've received. They are producing results that could have billion-dollar effects on North Dakota energy.Tom EricksonDirector, State Energy Research Center
This Research Puts North Dakota on the Forefront of Innovation.
Through SERC, we’re ensuring the state’s energy resources and products remain accessible, affordable, environmentally responsible, and clearly understood through education and outreach. This is being done through early-stage research that could ultimately lead to commercial application with public and private sector partners. Commercial deployments and demonstrations of mercury control at North Dakota power plants, enhanced oil recovery in the Bakken, and carbon capture from lignite coal-fired facilities were all made possible because of this type of fundamental research.
Research with Results
Using a rigorous internal proposal solicitation and review process, 20 projects were selected for SERC funding in 2022. Three of the funded projects were completed during the past year, plus one project that had been selected for funding in a previous year. Seventeen projects remain ongoing. These are specifically designed to be a first step in the R&D process, giving further advancement opportunity to North Dakota companies.
Energy Hawks (2018-2022)
Universities collaborating in SERC
new invention disclosures
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