- Geology & Geological
- Institute for Energy Studies
- Prospective Students
- Current Students
The primary vision of the AEM is to enhance and develop legacy and new materials capabilities for breakthrough technology applications that will create new business incubators. The current activities are focused around:
- Re-engineering, reworking, and re-manufacturing of components/systems for service extension;
- De-weighting, development of lightweight, reliable and functional materials for systems, components; and
- Application of lightweight materials to wind energy blades – lighter, stiffer and longer blades.
Some of the techniques under development at the AEM include Friction Stir Welding/Processing (cold welding); surface finishing for enhanced performance via laser surface melting; nonaqueous electroplating of Ta, Nb, Al, Mg, Cr (+3); superfinishing technologies, and additive manufacturing (cold spray and laser materials processing (LMP).
The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies educates the next generation of energy experts and pursues new frontiers in energy research that enables the development of innovative integrated energy technologies that are economically competitive, reliable, sustainable, and politically and environmentally acceptable. While the activities of the Program will be guided by the Technical Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee, it is expected that the primary focus will include:
- Production of liquid and gaseous fuels (ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, methane for example) and specialty chemicals from biomass, fossil fuels and other resources, including infrastructure development.
- Stationary power generation including increasing energy efficiency from existing and new systems, renewable energy systems, clean coal technologies, carbon sequestration, and hydrogen production.
- Transmission and distribution systems, including approaches to integrate distributed generation produced from renewable resources.
- Environmental cleanup and protection of air, water, and soil, focusing on energy and industrial generated sources.
- Integration of social, political, regulatory, and legal into the development and implementation of new technologies.
The Petroleum Research Education and Entrepreneurship Center was formed to meet the challenge of economic development of the enormous energy potential of the Williston Basin.
The mission of the Center is to:
- Improve our understanding of the geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering characteristics of the Williston Basin.
- Improve our understanding of the in-situ stress fields in the Williston Basin.
- Develop optimal techniques for drilling and fracturing in the Bakken Formation.
- Develop enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques for the entire Williston Basin.
- Develop techniques for CO2 sequestration in the Williston Basin.
- Develop engineering enhanced geothermal systems (EEGS) using oil field waters to generate electrical power.
- Address environmental and policy issues of petroleum exploration and production.
PREEC also provides training to UND students and industry professionals to meet the challenges of these seven focus areas and in the special techniques that apply to oil production in the Williston Basin.
SUNRISE is a student centered, faculty organized supercluster consisting of 29 faculty in 13 separate academic departments at UND, NDSU, Mayville State, and the ND College of Science - Wahpeton.
SUNRISE research is focused in three areas:
- The technologies to enable the environmentally sustainable use of coal.
- The production of fuels, chemicals, polymers, and composites from renewable sources.
- The harvesting of energy from diffuse sources (wind/solar/hydrogen).
More than 150 students have worked on SUNRISE Research projects over the past four years.