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State Capitol, 14th Floor, 600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
Phone: 701-328-3722 Fax: 701-328-2820
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BM-001-001: Developing a Biomaterials Industry in North Dakota
Program Funding: $800,000; Total Project Costs: $1,792,998; Objective: Completion of a front-end engineering and design study for a pilot scale plant to demonstrate the commercial potential of technology to produce materials and fuel from biomass feedstock. Initial efforts will be focused on technical and economic requirements for commercializing technology to produce bio-based cellulose nanowhiskers. December 2008 Report; January 2010 Report

R-001-001: Blue Flint Ethanol E85 Blending Facility
Program Funding: $50,000; Total Project Costs: $115,815; Objective: Blue Flint Ethanol, Underwood, ND, will install facilities that will allow for in line blending of E85 at their facility. It is hoped that the consistent availability of an E85 product that is blended into the truck as opposed to splash or tank blended will grow retail market use of this product. Final Report; Follow Up Report; Final Follow Up Report

R-001-002: Abundant Energy: A Proposal for Wind Power Development and Technical Education
Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $3,299,900; Objective: To site and erect an operating 1.65 MW wind turbine and to design and implement a wind turbine technician training program.

R-001-003: Feasibility Study of a Biomass Supply for the Spiritwood Industrial Park
Program Funding: $109,000; Total Project Costs: $474,000; Objective: To perform a detailed technical evaluation of the prospects for integrating a biomass supply into Spiritwood Station. Great River Energy proposes to co-fire up to 10 percent biomass in Spiritwood Station, Jamestown, ND. Final Report 003

R-001-004: ComPAKer
Program Funding: $72,275; Total Project Costs: $144,550; Objective: This project will develop a mechanical device which would increase the density of biomass in order to transport and utilize it efficiently.

R-002-005: Small Wind Turbine Training Center
Program Funding: $50,000; Total Project Costs: $100,000; Objective: This project will expand the scope of activities related to developing a small wind turbine training center. Final Report 005

R-002-006: Renewable Electrolytic Nitrogen Fertilizer Production
Program Funding: $200,000; Total Project Costs: $404,255; Objective: Project will optimize processes for producing nitrogen fertilizers using biomass gasification-derived synthesis gas (biosyngas).Status Report-June 2009; Final Report-October 2010

R-002-007: Development of Economically Sustainable Distributed Power From Biomass Gasification for North Dakota
Program Funding: $50,000; Total Project Costs: $100,000; Objective: The EERC will demonstrate biomass gasification to educated potential North Dakota users.

R-003-008: Promoting Ethanol Fuels in North Dakota
Program Funding: $30,000; Total Project Costs: $72,300; Objective: This project is being funded to increase the awareness and usage of ethanol in North Dakota. Final Report December 2011

R-003-009: Fischer-Tropsch Fuels Development
Program Funding: $189,034; Total Project Costs: $899,820; Objective: To prepare pilot-scale testing equipment and perform testing in the areas of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) liquid production, catalyst development, catalyst testing, product upgrade, and process simulation. Final Report March 2010

R-004-010: Renewable Oil Refinery Development for Commercialization
Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $1,000,000; Objective: This project will provide a complete, ready-for-bid design of a pilot-scale renewable oil refinery capable of producing diesel fuel, jet fuel and naptha. Feedstock for this refinery will be crambe oil. Final Report June 2011; Final Report Addendum

R-005-011: Corn Oil Extraction
Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $2,000,000; Objective: Blue Flint will utilize an ethanol process co-product to produce biodiesel utilizing two unique enhancements to the oil removal process and create a renewable energy market for corn oil. Final Report Nov. 2010

R-005-012: Phase I: Biomass Enhanced Refined Lignite Demonstration Project
Program Funding: $249,938; Total Project Costs: $528,522; Objective: This is a Biomass Enhanced Refined Lignite Demonstration Project which will produce a high value solid fuel for home and commercial furnaces from a blend of lignite and biomass. Final Report 7-10

R-006-013: Evaluation of Perennial Herbaceous Biomass Crops in North Dakota for Production of Ethanol and Other Value-Added Products and for Use in Coal Plant Co-Firing
Program Funding: $280,000; Total Project Costs: $420,000; Objective: Phase II of a Phase III study which will contribute to long-term data that will ultimately determine the most productive grass species, optimal harvest methods including dates and frequency, and best practices to maintain productive perennial biomass stands in North Dakota. Final Report 4-12

R-006-014: Renewable Electrolytic Ammonia Production from Water and Nitrogen
Program Funding: $250,000; Total Project Costs: $600,000; Objective: This project is to develop and demonstrate a one-step electrolytic process for renewable ammonia production that utilizes inputs of water, air-separated nitrogen, and wind-generated electricity.

R-007-015: Dakota Turbines
Program Funding: $178,500; Total Project Costs: $497,000; Objective: This project is to create the most reliable, cost-effective and most efficient small wind turbine on the market and is scalable from 5 - 100 kW.

R-008-016: Bulk Energy Storage for North Dakota Wind Energy Integration
Program Funding: $225,000; Total Project Costs: $570,000; Objective: Performing an advanced subsurface geo-mechanical feasibility study to characterize North Dakota's salt formations for their utilization for Bulk Energy Storage and performing a cost-to-benefit analysis for installation of a Compressed Air Energy Storage power plant for wind integration service. Interim Report July 2011; Final Report September 2011

R-008-017: Energy Beet Research
Program Funding: $165,000; Total Project Costs: $330,000; Objective: This project will advance the creation of an energy beet biofuel industry in five regional locations in North Dakota. Tasks include yield trials, processing research, burn tests and education. Phase I Final Report

R-008-018: Biomass Testing Laboratory for Physical and Thermal Characteristics of Feedstock in North Dakota
Program Funding: $225,000; Total Project Costs: $450,000; Objective: To establish a Biomass Testing Laboratory to evaluate physical and thermal characteristics of diverse North Dakota feedstock and the densified biomass products. Final Report 6-12

R-009-020: Dakota Spirit AgEnergy Cellulosic Biorefinery
Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $1,250,000; Objective: To develop the pre-FEED study and financial model for the proposed construction of a commercial scale cellulosic biorefinery near Spiritwood, North Dakota. Non Confidential March 1, 2011 Report; Final Report March 2012

R-009-021: Promoting Standardization of Combustion Characteristics for Biofuels
Program Funding: $50,000; Total Project Costs: $110,000; Objective: To establish appropriate test methods and Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for the chemical characterization of biomass to assess combustion and fuel quality parameters. Final Report March 2012

R-010-022: Developing a Biomass Industry in North Dakota
Program Funding: $406,120; Total Project Costs: $812,240; Objective: To scale up the process, called Packed-Bed Ammonia Fiber Expansion to a three reactor semi-continuous system that operates at 4.5 kg per cycle. Data from operating this system will be used to design a pilot scale system operating at one ton per day.

R-011-023: Biobased Non-Isocyanate Urethane Hybrid Resins for Pultrusion Composites
Program Funding: $200,000; Total Project Costs: $400,000; Objective: Develop novel polyurethane resins -- based on ND renewable materials (i.e. vegetable oils) -- for pultrusion composite fabrication. Testing of the prototype pultrusion composites and production will be done at Tecton in Fargo, ND.

R-013-024: Comprehensive Statewide Higher-Level Blend Ethanol Marketing Campaign
Program Funding: $199,600; Total Project Costs: $424,000; Objective: Increase the amount of higher-level ethanol blends (E15 and higher) used in North Dakota by unifying the state's ethanol stakeholder groups to develop and implement a statewide, coordinated marketing campaign.

R-013-025: Energy Beet Research Phase II
Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $1,000,000; Objective: to finalize a cost effective and energy efficient plant design and advance development for North Dakota's first 20 MGY energy beet biofuel plant.

R-018-028: Biocomposite Development for Industrial and Consumer Products
Program Funding: $150,000; Total Project Costs: $300,000; Objective: This project will develop and trial test biocomposite materials produced by c2renew corporation into consumer products by Earth-Kind and for industrial applications in Bobcat Co., John Deere Co., and Toshiba Corp. products.

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