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North Dakota: EERE-Funded Project Recycles Energy, Generates Electricity

March 17, 2014

Project Overview
Positive Impact:Blasé Energy developed this project to implement five megawatts of generation to recycle approximately 600 billion BTU of gas annually.  This will provide enough power to supply 5,000 homes per year.  
Location: Williston, North Dakota
Partners: North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
EERE Investment:Blaise Energy received $375,000 in North Dakota State stimulus research funds to continue the project.  Following the North Dakota Industrial Commission approval, the North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in conjunction with DOE’s State Energy Program provided $2 million in Recovery Act funds.
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Blaise Energy Inc. is using a Renewable Energy Market Development grant, funded by EERE, to demonstrate the commercial viability of its Flare Gas Micro-turbine. The microturbine pilot project places generators at oil production well sites to transform wellhead flare gas into high-quality, three-phase electricity, which is then sold to the local rural electric cooperatives. The project will capture an estimated 600 million cubic feet of natural gas annually from North Dakota oil field sites and convert it to 5 megawatts of electricity—enough power to supply 5,000 homes per year. The modern, natural gas-fueled generators burn cleanly with “ultra-low” emissions ratings that exceed state and federal emissions standards. The “recycled energy” helps better utilize the state’s natural resources while reducing emissions.

The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) provides funding and technical assistance to its partners in state and local governments, Indian tribes, and international agencies to facilitate the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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