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EERC wins ARPA-E award for cooling

The U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) granted a $472,586 award to research power plant cooling innovation. University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) proposed the idea of a dry cooling project for power plants in order to reduce water use throughout the United States. The EERC project was one of 66 awardees in ARPA-E’s “Open 2012” program. EERC’s project would use a liquid drying agent instead of water, resulting in zero net water consumption. Power plants are one of the biggest water users in the United States, using the resource to make steam to run a turbine and make electricity. Read the press release at EERC’s website.

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