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Published April 11, 2012, 10:04 PM

New EERC Tech Means Lower Energy Costs, Cleaner Fuel

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - New technology at UND will help some U.S. companies lower energy costs and provide clean alternate fuel sources. A ceremony at the Energy and Environmental Research Center had State, City and University leaders learning more about this new technology.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - New technology at UND will help some U.S. companies lower energy costs and provide clean alternate fuel sources. A ceremony at the Energy and Environmental Research Center had State, City and University leaders learning more about this new technology.

An efficient and cost-effective dry solids pump brought more than 100 people together on Tuesday.

"What it does is it takes dry coal and compacts it under high pressure and then feeds it into a system called a gasifier which just burns the coal very efficiently," Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne President Jim Maser said.

A cleaner, less-expensive way to gasify coal and biomass with near-zero emissions.

"With the heightened efficiency it allows for greater energy production with less CO2 or green house emissions," EERC Associate Director for Research John Harju said.

Uses for gasification include hydrogen for refineries, chemical production, synthetic natural gas and electric power generation. The dry solids pump is designed for commercial scale use in U.S. Energy plants.

"Nationwide we know this is something people are going to continue to care about and if there's a way we can take our coal and turn it into something that's absolutely clean burning, virtually zero emissions, that's a big advantage," North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said.

"What we're doing right here is developing a new methodology of handling coal that's much more efficient than the way it's handled today before it's burned," Maser said.

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