Renewable Energy Projects

Current and Recent Sponsored Projects:

Solar Energy Utilization for Minnesota Swine Farms – Phase 2

  • Sponsor:  MN LCCMR / Environmental Trust Fund
  • Award Amount:  $475,000
  • Principle Investigator:  Dr. Lee Johnston
  • Co-PI:   Dr. Larry Jacobson, Michael Reese, and Eric Buchanan
  • Start / End Date:  July 1, 2016  through June 30, 2019

Enabling Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles using Renewable Ammonia

  • Sponsor:  MN LCCMR / Environmental Trust Fund
  • Award Amount:  $250,000
  • Principle Investigator:  Dr. Will Northrup, U of MN Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
  • Co-PI:   Michael Reese
  • Start / End Date:  July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019

Optimizing Renewable Electric Generation on Minnesota Dairy Farms

  • Sponsor:  Xcel RDF
  • Award Amount:  $982,408
  • Principle Investigator:  Michael Reese
  • Co-PI:  Dr. Brad Heins, Dr. Lee Johnston, Dr. Larry Jacobson, Dr. Joel Tallaksen, and Eric Buchanan
  • Start / End Date:  September 1, 2015 through June 1, 2018

Renewable and Sustainable Fertilizers Produced Locally

  • Sponsor: MN LCCMR / Environmental Trust Fund
  • Award Amount: $1 million
  • Principle Investigator: Alon McCormick
  • Co-PI: Reese, Tiffany, Ruan, Cussler, Kelley, Schmidt
  • Start / End Date: July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018

Transitioning Minnesota Farms to Clean Energy

  • Sponsor: MN LCCMR / Environmental Trust Fund
  • Award Amount: $500,000
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Co-PI: Dr. Lee Johnston, Dr. Larry Jacobson, Dr. Joel Tallaksen, and Eric Buchanan
  • Start / End Date: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017

The Green Nutrient Revolution: Development of Renewable and Sustainable Fertilizers

  • Sponsor: MnDRIVE
  • Award Amount: $500,000
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Co-PI: McCormick, Tiffany, Ruan, Cussler, Kelley, Schmidt
  • Start / End Date: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017

Optimizing Renewable Electric Generation on Minnesota Dairy Farms

  • Sponsor: Xcel RDF
  • Award Amount: $982,408
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Co-PI: Dr. Brad Heins, Dr. Lee Johnston, Dr. Larry Jacobson, Dr. Joel Tallaksen, and Eric Buchanan
  • Start / End Date: September 1, 2015 through June 1, 2018

Life Cycle Energy of Renewably Produced Nitrogen Fertilizers

  • Sponsor: MN LCCMR / Environmental Trust Fund
  • Award Amount: $250,000
  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Joel Tallaksen
  • Co-PI: Dr. Christian Hulteberg, Lund University, Sweden and Dr. Serina Ahlgren (Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, SE)
  • Start / End Date: October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015

Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies to 'Green' Energy Consumed in Dairy and Swine Production Systems

  • Sponsor: U of MN and MN Agricultural Rapid Ag Response Fund
  • Award Amount: $167,061
  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Brad Heins
  • Co-PI: Dr. Lee Johnston, Dr. Larry Jacobson, Dr. Joel Tallaksen, Eric Buchanan, Mike Reese
  • Start / End Date: July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015

Integration of Renewable and Efficient Energy Technologies to 'Green' Energy Consumed in Agricultural Production Systems

  • Sponsor: IREE (Large Grant)
  • Award Amount: $350,000
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Co-PI: Dr. Brad Heins, Dr. Lee Johnston, Dr. Larry Jacobson, Dr. Joel Tallaksen, Eric Buchanan, Dr. Arne Kildegaard, Dr. Prodromos Daoutidis, Dr. Laura Kalambokidis
  • Start / End Date: January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015

Macro-Life Cycle Assessment of Using Wind Energy for the Production of Liquid Ammonia (NH3)

  • Sponsor: Private multinational corporation (original equipment manufacturer)
  • Award Amount: $97,171
  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Joel Tallaksen
  • Start / End Date: April 1, 2012 through March 30, 2014

Development and Validation of Biomass Cropping Management Tools for Sustainable Harvesting of Energy Production Feedstocks

  • Sponsor: Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund
  • Award Amount: $980,000
  • Principle and Co-Investigator: Mike Reese and Joel Tallaksen
  • Major Partners: Jane Johnson (USDA North Central Soils Conservation Research Lab), Jeffrey Strock (U of MN SWROC), Deborah Allan (U of MN Dept of Soil,Climate, and Water), and WCROC
  • Start / End Date: October 22, 2008 through January 22, 2013 (Extended to Sept 2013)

Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership

  • Sponsor: SDSU Sun Grant via US DOT
  • Award Amount: $141,000
  • Principle and Co-Investigator: Lowell Rasmussen and Mike Reese
  • Major Partners (Sub-award): UMM, USDA North Central Soils Conservation Research Lab, WCROC
  • Start / End Date: October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2011 (Extended to Sept 2013)

State of MN and University funding for Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Pilot Plant

  • State Bond: $2.5 million
  • CFANS Funding: $430,000 (including $150,000 from WCROC Renewable Energy Program)
  • Final completion Summer 2013

Development and Evaluation of Novel Small-Scale Ammonia Production Systems

  • Sponsor: Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council with IREE 20% Match
  • Award Amount: $144,000 total with IREE Match
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Major Partner: Dr. Roger Ruan, Co-Investigator
  • Start / End Date: June 15, 2011 through June 30, 2013

Ag Producer Biomass Feedstock Survey

  • Sponsor: Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council with IREE 20% Match
  • Award Amount: $40,000
  • Principle Investigator: Joel Tallaksen
  • Major Partner: AURI
  • Start / End Date: July 1, 2011 through July 1, 2013 (Completed)

Development and Testing of Distributed Ammonia Production Using Wind Energy

  • Sponsor: IREE (Special Opportunity Grant)
  • Award Amount: $400,000
  • Principle Investigators: Dr. Alon McCormick
  • Co-PI: Dr. Ed Cussler, Dr. Roger Ruan, Doug Tiffany, and Mike Reese
  • Start / End Date: November 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013

Sustainable Nitrogen Fertilizers Based on Renewable Resources

  • Sponsor: Swedish Energy Agency
  • Award Amount: $37,892
  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Serina Ahlgren (Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, SE)
  • Co-PI: Dr. Christian Hulteberg, Lund University, Sweden and Dr. Joel Tallaksen
  • Start / End Date: October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013

Evaluation and Demonstration of Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems for Homes and Businesses

  • Sponsor: U of MN IREE via MN Dept of Commerce
  • Award Amount: $304,790
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Major Partner: UMM
  • Start / End Date: April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2012 extended to June - Completed

Economic Evaluation of Local Ammonia Production from Renewable and Other Energy Sources

  • Sponsor: Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council with IREE 20% Match
  • Award Amount: $33,057 total with IREE Match
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Major Partner: Doug Tiffany, Co-Investigator
  • Start / End Date: July 1, 2011 through July 1, 2012 (Extended)

Biomass Gasification: A Comprehensive Demonstration of a Community-Scale Biomass Energy System

  • Sponsor: USDA / DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative
  • Award amount: $1.89 million
  • Principle Investigator: Lowell Rasmussen, UMM
  • Major Partners: UMM, USDA North Central Soils Conservation Research Lab
  • WCROC Role: Mike Reese, Project Manager and Joel Tallaksen, Project Coordinator
  • Start / End Date: February 3, 2006 through March 22, 2011
  • Final report has been submitted - Completed

Improving Handling Characteristics of Herbaceous Biomass

  • Sponsor: SDSU Sun Grant via US DOT
  • Award Amount: $90,708
  • Principle Investigator: Vance Morey, U of MN Dept of Bioproducts and Biosystems Eng.
  • Major Partners: UMM, WCROC, U of MN Dept of Bioproducts and Biosystems Eng., and Bepex Inc.
  • Start / End Date: June 1, 2009 through September 30, 2011 (Completed)

Wind to Hydrogen Demonstration

  • Award Amount: $800,000
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Major Partner: None
  • Final Acceptance of Report in September 2010 - Completed

Modeling Cost of Production of Nitrogen Fertilizer from Wind Energy

  • Sponsor: U of MN IREE via MN Dept of Commerce
  • Award Amount: $77,606
  • Principle Investigator: Mike Reese
  • Major Partner: None
  • Start / End Date: Completed

State of MN Capital Bond

  • $350,000 for solar test facility at WCROC – Completed