WCROC receives grant for local energy project

January 10, 2020

It is an energizing start to 2020 for the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center who received a $5,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) today. 

“We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Michael Reese, Renewable Energy Director at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. “We look forward to continuing our hydrogen and ammonia research as well as our ongoing partnership and student exchange with the University of Applied Sciences Münster.” 

The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) will engage an intern to evaluate the technical feasibility of storing excess wind energy at the University of Minnesota-Morris using a combined system of a battery along with hydrogen and ammonia production. The intern, a student from the University of Applied Sciences Münster, will address such issues as optimum battery size, the appropriate energy generation technologies for utilizing hydrogen and ammonia, operational considerations, and capital installation and system operation costs. The intern’s findings will then be shared via public presentations to the public and on the websites for WCROC and the Morris Model. 

The award is one of 35 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totalling over $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at cleanenergyresourceteams.org/2020grants

“CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind,” said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director. “First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits.”