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Using electricity to produce ammonia

Apr 10, 2018

The project is called “Low Pressure Electrolytic Ammonia Production.”

And it has received support from the federal Department of Energy.

The key is to use electricity to produce ammonia. The Energy and Environmental Research Center at UND is partnering with UND’s Chemistry Department and NDSU Mechanical Engineering to look at ways of using electricity – specifically in this case, wind power – to produce ammonia.

"I guess it's electricity-agnostic," said EERC Chemist and researcher Ted Aulich. "It could be renewable, or from the grid. It doesn't matter."

EERC to develop technology to produce renewable chemicals

Oct 1, 2015

The Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota has been awarded a grant to develop and commercialize a new technology for producing fluids used in petroleum production.

Chris Zygarlicke is Associate Vice President for Strategic Projects and University Relations with the EERC.

"We have developed a novel hydroconversion series of catalysts and the catalysts just help you convert a vegetable oil to renewable chemicals - fluids. So that is, essentially, the technology."

EERC making progress in resolving its deficit

Sep 9, 2015

The Energy and Environmental Research Center at UND says it’s making progress in solving a deficit problem.

The EERC still has a deficit of $2.1 million. UND vice president Alice Brekke told the State Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee – fiscal 2015 did bring some good news.

"The awards saw a 16 percent increase from the prior fiscal year," said Brekke. EERC received $28.4 million dollars in those awards fiscal 2015, which ended June 30th. However, Brekke says EERC wasn’t able to hire all the staff it needed to start spending some of the awards.