Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and local and federal officials in celebrating the commissioning of a revolutionary new energy technology that supports the high-efficiency, low-emission gasification of solid fuels such as coal and biomass.
The commercial-scale dry solids feed pump system for a compact gasifier is a unique technological development designed to lower energy costs, provide a clean alternative fuel source and strengthen the country's energy security. The project is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company; Alberta Innovates -- Energy and Environment Solutions; and the EERC.
"This is an exciting day for our state and our nation as we celebrate the latest step in the commercialization of this cutting-edge technology that will provide a clean, environmentally friendly fuel source, reduce production costs and strengthen America's energy independence," said Dalrymple. "We are thrilled that North Dakota is on the forefront of this revolutionary development and that the EERC -- one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy technologies -- is playing a pivotal role."
The compact gasifier is designed to provide a 90 percent decrease in size compared to competing systems, enabling higher efficiency. In addition, the cost to build a commercial-scale compact gasification plant using this new technology is estimated to be 20 percent less than conventional gasification plants. It is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 10 percent compared to standard gasification technologies.