The grants total more than $2.5 million (€2.6m) in research funding, with the majority of the funds from the US Department of Energy.
Junior Nasah, major project manager with UND’s Institute for Energy Studies (IES), received $2.12m (€2.19m) to study the feasibility of using various forms of renewable biomass to generate carbon-neutral hydrogen for energy production. Hydrogen produced from biomass could also be used to create fertiliser for agricultural purposes.
Johannes Van der Watt, a research engineer also with IES, received $400,000 (€417,000) to investigate using renewable biogas to remediate large piles of coal waste. That would happen through the production of “carbon-negative” electricity, and would pave the way for future regional clean energy efforts when that remediation is complete.
“The Institute for Energy Studies has grown into a leader in the development of low-carbon energy technologies,” said Dan Laudal, director of UND’s Institute of Energy Studies.
“These two new Department of Energy awards are testament to our success, and I am very excited for Junior and Johannes and our team as we begin work on these projects."
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