Universities join forces for energy research

This still shows wind turbines during AASHTO's Earth Day video.
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Two universities are combining their resources to discover, develop and implement technologies that best use the earth’s resources.

By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou,) Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative (EEi) and the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) have agreed to collaborate ) on research and development of technologies that provide transformational solutions to the current and future energy challenges.

The two teams will meet twice a year, EEi will be the location of the first meeting next month while EERC will host the second in August.

Charles McConnell, executive director of EEi, stated EEi’s research, including oil and gas, fossil fuel technology and midstream pipelines as well as other areas of energy such as electric and petrochemicals is targeting “developing not only technology research and solutions but also market policies and frameworks for research.”

Founded in 1951, the EERC was founded as a federal research lab. Employing 235 scientists, engineers and support staff who collaborate with academic and government entities to develop energy and environmental technologies approximately 1,000 corporate clients.

According to the terms of the MOU, a biannual technology exchange will be hosted alternately by the two participants to explore research alignment. EEi (Rice University) will host the first exchange in February, and EERC (University of North Dakota) will host the second in August.

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