January 21, 2015

Forecasting energy needs

By Chris Erickson

Research and development is an ongoing process intended to make industry as policy friendly as possible all while cutting costs and maximizing output. For coal that statement is especially true since emissions standards on coal-fired plants have come under more scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency in recent years.
To help propel industry forward in an environmentally-healthy-as-possible way, research facilities, public and private alike, are coming up with ways to update technology and processes for when the rubber meets the road. Or, in some cases, where the carbon dioxide hits the air.
So it goes at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, where researchers were finding ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease emissions.
Mike Holmes, the deputy associate director for research at the EERC, said there were a number of things going on at the center that were pertinent to Beulah.
“Beulah has some unique things in its favor for coal,” Holmes said. “As you hear about other areas being challenged for coal, Beulah has less of an issue.”
Holmes stated that Beulah’s advantage came in the value that had been found in the capture and transport of carbon dioxide, or CO2.


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