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Explore the EERC

Explore the EERC
The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil.

The EERC is a high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota (UND). The EERC operates like a business; conducts research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities; and is dedicated to moving promising technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.

Specialized Expertise

The EERC is focused on solving the energy and environmental challenges that the world faces today and tomorrow. The solution to each challenge brings with it the need for specialized capabilities, facilities, and expertise. One of the EERC’s strengths is its ability to approach a problem from a multidisciplinary angle, employing multiple areas of focus to solve a problem.

The EERC's Areas of Focus:

  • Advanced Power and Energy Systems
  • Energy Conversion System Optimization
  • Environmental Chemistry and Waste Management
  • Emission Control Technologies
  • Fossil Energy Resources (oil, gas, and coal)
  • Hydrogen Production and Distribution and Fuel Cell Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water Management (availability, contaminant remediation, and flood and drought protection)

Research and Development

In partnership with private industries, government agencies, and academic institutions, the EERC conducts basic applied research and development of practical, problem-solving technologies and processes using the best combination of leadership, talent, equipment, and laboratory space available.

Technology Demonstration

The EERC has significant expertise designing and demonstrating technologies. The EERC has more than 54,000 square feet of state-of-art demonstration facilities, occupying more than three city blocks, which house numerous bench- and pilot-scale combustion, gasification, and emission control systems. The EERC also conducts numerous demonstration tests in the field.

Technology Commercialization

The EERC's unique business model focuses on moving technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace. Each potential and new client, every contract, and every project are considered commercialization opportunities. The ultimate goal is to work in partnership with clients to develop, refine, demonstrate, and commercialize marketable products that provide practical solutions to real-world challenges.

Keys to Success

  • A unique culture.
  • A practical problem-solving approach that consistently meets client needs.
  • A willingness to assume risk.
  • A commitment to commercializing innovative technologies.
  • A working environment that provides the freedom to pursue promising opportunities.
  • A dedication to building partnerships with the private sector, government, and the research community.
  • A commitment to excellence.