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									Building Partnerships: Formation of the
      North Dakota Hg Task Force

                      Jason D. Laumb

          Energy & Environmental Research Center
                 Grand Forks, North Dakota




      Quicksilver Caucus State Policy Leaders 2007 Mercury
                           Workshop
                       Madison, Wisconsin
                          May 4, 2007
      Presentation Outline

• Steps to Forming Partnerships
• Examples
  – North Dakota Mercury Task Force
  – Other Consortium Projects
• Conclusions
     Important Steps to Forming
        Useful Partnerships
• Identify the Real Problem
   – "Don't invent something that nobody wants." (Thomas Edison )
• Identify Partners with Interest in Solutions
   – Government – State, Local, Federal
   – Research Community – Universities
   – Private Sector – Technology Vendors, Consumers
• Propose Solutions as a Group
• Leverage Every Dollar!
   – Pooling Resources Saves Money and Creates Market Driven
     Solutions
• Develop, Demonstrate, Commercialize
North Dakota Mercury Task
          Force
  Capturing Mercury Is
       Difficult!
                                               Houston
                                               Astrodome




A Hypothetical Example
• Dome filled with 30 billion ping-pong balls
• 30 mercury balls
• Remove 27 balls for 90% Hg capture
                       Y         Y
         NATIONAL ENERG TECHNOLOG LABORATORY
   North Dakota Mercury Task
         Force History
• Formed by the Lignite Energy Council in
  Approximately 2001.
• Consortium of Utilities, Coal Companies,
  State Agencies, Universities, U.S.
  Department of Energy – National Energy
  Technology Laboratory.
• From 2002-Present Millions of Dollars
  Invested in Practical Solutions.
          EERC - Project Goals
          Develop, Test, and Demonstrate
Technologies for Electric Utilities Burning Lignite Coal

  Increase the scientific understanding of mercury–flue gas
   interactions leading to more effective design of sorbents.

  Test a range of sorbent-based technology options.

  Determine and demonstrate optimum conditions for Hg
   capture.

  Field-demonstrate technology to prove and quantify
   effectiveness, performance, and cost.
        Task Force Results

• Technology Options for Utilities Burning
  Lignite Coal.
  – Multiple full-scale demonstrations.
  – Applications to other ranks as well.
• Increased Understanding of Hg Sorbent
  Interactions.
  – Leads to new and improved technologies.
• Demonstrate Reasonable Removal
  Levels.
Task Force Participants


             North Dakota
         Industrial Commission
    Task Force Participants Cont




                    THE NORTH AMERICAN COAL CORPORATION




Apogee Scientific




                      Westmoreland Coal
   Other EERC Consortiums

• Mercury Control Technologies for Electric
  Utilities Burning Subbituminous Coals
  – Project Completed.
  – Commercial products developed.
  – Lead to at least 6 full scale demonstrations.
• Mercury Control Technologies for Utilities
  Burning Bituminous Coal
  – Project kickoff meeting held March 27, 2007.
  – Still accepting partners.
             Conclusions

• Building partnerships is an effective tool
  for solving common problems.
• The strongest partnerships involve
  government, the research community, and
  private sector clients.
• Leverage every research dollar.
Contact Information
Energy & Environmental Research Center
       University of North Dakota
    15 North 23rd Street, Stop 9018
 Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-9018

  World Wide Web: www.undeerc.org
    Telephone No. (701) 777-5000
        Fax No. (701) 777-5181



             Jason D. Laumb
            Research Manager
              (701) 777-5114
          jlaumb@undeerc.org

								
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