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News Article | May 18, 2017

QUEBEC CITY, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - On April 27, 2017, CO Solutions Inc. (or the "Corporation") (TSX-V: CST) and the Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel, announced the official launch of the Valorisation Carbone Québec project (VCQ) and the government's commitment through a $15 Million grant to support this project. Today, the Corporation provides an update on project progress. The objective of the VCQ project is to promote the development and demonstration of commercially viable solutions to capture and reuse CO in added-value applications. The project is centred on the Corporation's industry-leading enzymatic CO capture technology. By mobilizing various partners, policy makers, academics and industrialists, the VCQ project will address climate change by reducing GHG emissions, while creating opportunities and growth within this new sector of the economy for the value-added reuse of CO . On May 16, the Corporation announced the formation of the VCQ Scientific Orientation Committee, an assembly of an exceptional group of reputable scientists from both the university and private sectors, with complimentary experience and skill sets to independently assess the scientific merits of the various CO reuse technologies considered by the VCQ project. The VCQ management committee is now pleased to announce the first major steps in the deployment of this ambitious program. The following purchase orders were issued this past week for: In addition, the Corporation's Rotating Packed Bed (RPB) equipment that was being tested at the University of North Dakota EERC centre earlier in 2016, is now being relocated to the Montreal testing site. It will be included in a second, 10 tpd small footprint capture unit, showcasing the latest development in reducing equipment size for CO capture. Once commissioned, foreseen for later in the project, two capture units will be operational at the VCQ site, demonstrating the flexibility of CO Solutions' technology, and its applicability in different configurations and contexts. Louis Fradette, VCQ Project Director, stated, "The VCQ project is positioned as the world's leading demonstration site for CO capture and reuse. We have evaluated over 100 technologies and formed a clear picture of the CO reuse landscape. As we move to demonstrating certain of these technologies, the VCQ project will provide a unique and exciting opportunity for the world to witness the emergence of new and economically viable solutions that reduce GHG emissions, while at the same time adding value by extending the carbon cycle to producing value added products. Another feature that makes the VCQ project stand out is its breathtaking speed of realization. The acetic acid process we will be demonstrating is an excellent example of what we are looking to demonstrate, consuming CO while delivering a product for a large, high-growth market." About the Valorisation Carbone Québec Project (VCQ) The objective of the VCQ project is to develop and demonstrate concrete, commercially viable solutions to capture and reuse CO in value-added applications in order to reduce GHG emissions economically. In addition to CO2 Solutions in a leadership role, the VCQ project includes the following members: the Quebec government, Université Laval, Parachem, a partnership jointly owned by Suncor Energy Inc. (51%) and the Société Investissement Québec (49%), and Hatch Ltd., a global consulting and engineering firm. The VCQ project management is in the hands of Dr. Louis Fradette, former CTO at CO Solutions, who will function as Project Director, and Mr. Robert Zappa as Assistant Director. VCQ's governance structure relies on a steering committee, a scientific orientation committee and a liaison committee. The VCQ project is funded through a $15 Million grant provided by the Quebec government, and contributions, cash or in-kind, from its other members, and is currently scheduled to run until March 2019. The activities of the VCQ project will be carried out in two phases, a demonstration phase and a development phase, run in parallel. The demonstration phase includes the design, construction, installation and operation of CO capture and upgrade units at Parachem's industrial site in Montreal. The development phase aims to accelerate one or several CO reuse technologies based on the work already initiated at various universities and public or private research centres. About CO Solutions Inc. CO Solutions is an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture and has been actively working to develop and commercialize the technology for stationary sources of carbon pollution. CO  Solutions' technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture, Sequestration and Utilization (CCSU), positioning it as a viable CO mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new products from these emissions. CO Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low‐energy aqueous solvents. Further information can be found at CO Solutions Forward-looking Statements Certain statements in this news release may be forward-looking. These statements relate to future events or CO Solutions' future economic performance and reflect the current assumptions and expectations of management. Certain unknown factors may affect the events, economic performance and results of operation described herein. CO Solutions undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) (ME C), a leader in mercury emissions control in North America, has acquired all patent rights for its Sorbent Enhancement Additive (SEATM) mercury emissions control technology from the Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation (EERCF), an organization that works to provide innovative solutions to the world’s energy and environmental challenges. ME C acquired the rights for the price of $2.5 million and 925,000 shares of common stock in ME C. Richard MacPherson, President and CEO of ME C, met with EERCF Board members in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on May 24, 2017, to commemorate the acquisition. “We are proud to have achieved this acquisition, which covers our proprietary two-part process for mercury control, MacPherson said. “The patents provide us with additional growth and revenue-generating opportunities throughout North America, and we are looking forward to continuing to deliver first-class technology to our clients.” ME C’s holistic approach and patented technology is designed to provide coal fired power plant operators the ability to meet any and all environmental requirements as required by law. ME C’s team of experts evaluates individual power plants to offer customized solutions for mercury emissions capture. ME C’s approach increases the efficiency of operations, lowering costs for the utility, while eliminating any balance of plant issues. Prior to the acquisition, ME C maintained an exclusive, worldwide license to the technology since 2009. The SEATM Technology was originally developed by the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). “As long-time partners of ME C, we are pleased to have witnessed their growth firsthand and the industry’s positive response to their innovative technology,” said Tom Erickson, EERC CEO. “ME C’s continued success furthers a key goal of the EERC, and the EERCF, to develop market-based clean air solutions. This technology goes a long way in helping coal fired utilities improve their environmental performance in a cost-effective manner.” Mr. MacPherson concluded, “This acquisition positions ME C perfectly to continue its growth across North America, including the licensing of systems using a two-part process here in the United States and Canada.” About Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (ME C) Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) delivers patented and proprietary solutions to the global coal-power industry to remove mercury from power plant emissions, providing performance guarantees, and leading-edge emissions services. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) MATS rule, which has been subject to legal challenges, requires that all coal- and oil-fired power plants in the U.S., larger than 25 mega-watts, must remove roughly 90% of mercury from their emissions starting April 15, 2015. ME C has developed patented technology and proprietary products that have been shown to achieve mercury removal levels compliant with MATS at a significantly lower cost and with less operational impact than currently used methods, while preserving the marketability of fly-ash for beneficial use. For more information, please visit With the exception of historical information contained in this press release, content herein may contain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by using words such as “anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect," "intend," "will," and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Matters that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other factors, the gain or loss of a major customer, change in environmental regulations, disruption in supply of materials, capacity factor fluctuations of power plant operations and power demands, a significant change in general economic conditions in any of the regions where our customer utilities might experience significant changes in electric demand, a significant disruption in the supply of coal to our customer units, the loss of key management personnel, availability of capital and any major litigation regarding the Company. In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements contained in this release can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Grand Forks, ND, Aug. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North Dakota ethanol producer Red Trail Energy, LLC (RTE), and the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), a worldwide leader in the development of solutions to energy and environmental challenges, have been awarded $490,000 by the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s Renewable Energy Program in support of a study examining the integration of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a North Dakota ethanol facility to reduce the carbon footprint associated with ethanol production. “Using CCS to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of North Dakota ethanol demonstrates the commitment of the industry to environmental stewardship as well as contributes to the long-term sustainability of ethanol production in the state,” said Gerald Bachmeier, RTE Chief Executive Officer. “CCS may be an economical option for reducing the CI of ethanol to qualify for market incentives by meeting low-carbon fuel programs in other states,” he said. The study will determine the technical and economic parameters of installing and operating a commercial CCS system at RTE’s ethanol manufacturing facility near Richardton, North Dakota. The facility produces approximately 63 MMgal of ethanol annually. The Broom Creek Formation, located approximately 6400 feet below the RTE facility, will be considered the main target injection point for potential geologic storage of the CO . According to previous studies conducted by the EERC, this formation is expected to be an ideal storage target. “North Dakota ethanol producers are well situated to take advantage of these low-carbon fuel incentives because there is significant production capacity and ideal geology for carbon storage,” said project manager Kerryanne Leroux, EERC Senior Chemical Engineer, Oilfield Operations Team Lead. “The study will provide local ethanol producers a detailed assessment of the commercial feasibility of utilizing CCS technology within their production operations,” she stated. More broadly, the project will provide a template for implementation within the state and promote North Dakota renewable energy production. The total project, with cost share, is valued at $980,000.

News Article | August 18, 2016

Grand Forks North Dakota, Aug. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The University of North Dakota (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), a worldwide leader in the development of solutions to energy and environmental challenges, announced increased hiring during Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), which ended June 30, 2016, with a significant rise in contract awards. Over the 12-month period, the EERC hired a total of 11 new full-time employees, which is the result of continued steady improvement in the overall financial health of the organization. “This fiscal year has brought the EERC the best year for new contract awards in 6 years, and we’ve made some major strides forward this year in expanding our capabilities and our capacity to respond to our client’s needs,” said EERC CEO Tom Erickson. “With the number of new contract awards in recent months, we’ve had an urgent need to bring additional staff on board to carry out the work and help meet client needs. The response has been so positive that we received more than 120 applications for just one recent position.” In FY16, the EERC was awarded more than $36.5 million in new contracts, a 28.5% increase over the previous year and a 49% increase from FY14. Total contract expenditures exceeded $31 million, an increase of 7.5% from FY15. Over the course of the fiscal year, the EERC submitted 150 proposals worth $67.4 million to organizations worldwide. “This is the second year in a row that we have seen significant financial progress,” Erickson continued. “Along with our success in awards, we launched a major internal reorganization focused on efficiency gains and aligning our core business activities, which has allowed us to meet the State Board of Higher Education 3-year financial plan 1 year earlier than expected, regaining our self-sufficient funding model,” he said. With last year’s success, combined with nearly $25 million in contracts already awarded or under negotiation, FY17 is expected to bring a continued need for aggressive hiring. The EERC’s success is due, in part, to a new focused approach on developing programs and client relationships to solve the world’s most pressing energy and environmental needs, attracting significant federal, state, and industry support. For example, the EERC has focused on the incredible opportunity that exists in North Dakota to bring together the synergies of coal, oil and gas, renewable, and agricultural industries, resulting in significant opportunity for the state. In FY16, the EERC received over $8 million in state awards to address current issues and enhance future energy opportunities for North Dakota. These projects demonstrate our commitment to serve the state of North Dakota and the businesses active in the state. Erickson concluded, “The EERC now has a total client base of 1340 clients in 52 countries, which is a direct reflection of our commitment to strengthening relationships with current partners and our ability to foster new business opportunities. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous effort by our staff this year for their work on our existing core programs, building exciting new initiatives, and strengthening our presence in the state’s energy sector.”

Grand Forks, North Dakota, Sept. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), a worldwide leader in the development of solutions to energy and environmental challenges, announced it is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., to improve assessment methods for estimating the storage capacity of carbon dioxide (CO ) in tight shale formations, such as the Bakken. The project is funded by NETL with cost share provided by Hitachi. “Although significant progress has been made globally to investigate the suitability of subsurface geologic sinks for CO storage, there is a lack of detailed geologic and petrophysical data needed to develop better techniques for assessing CO storage resources within unconventional formations,” said Bethany Kurz, EERC Principal Hydrogeologist, Laboratory Analysis Group Lead. EERC researchers will develop advanced analytical techniques to better understand and quantify the distribution of clay minerals, organics, pore networks, and fractures in representative shale and tight rock samples. The analytical methods will be developed using imagery collected from a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), which provides the high-resolution images necessary for detection and characterization of the formation. Project participant and cosponsor Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., will work alongside the EERC to improve the data processing and image analysis within the FESEM software. “We are so pleased to be working with Hitachi on this project,” continued Kurz. “One of the key challenges in estimating CO storage capacity in organic-rich shale is that the analytical equipment and methods used to evaluate conventional reservoirs are limited when applied to shales that require analysis at such a small scale. Hitatchi’s technology and image analysis expertise will greatly improve our ability to efficiently identify and quantify key features of interest within the shales and other tight rocks.” “Working with the EERC offers an exciting opportunity to utilize and develop Hitachi electron imaging technologies for the advanced characterization of unconventional reservoirs,” said Chad Ostrander, VP/GM of Hitachi High-Technologies Canada, Inc. “The potential technology improvements offer both environmental and economic benefits on a global scale, and Hitachi is pleased to be part of this initiative.” The effects of CO exposure on shale samples will also be analyzed by scientists at NETL’s CT Scanning Lab in Morgantown, West Virginia. NETL staff will also be involved to ensure that the project supports the goals of the Carbon Storage Program, which aims to improve the ability to predict CO storage capacity in geologic formations to within ±30%. The EERC is a world leader in developing cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. The EERC, a high-tech, nonprofit division of the University of North Dakota, operates like a business and pursues an entrepreneurial, market-driven approach in order to successfully demonstrate and commercialize innovative technologies. Since 1987, the EERC has had over 1340 clients in 52 countries. Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. ("HTA") is a privately-owned global affiliate company that operates within the Hitachi Group Companies. HTA sells and services semiconductor manufacturing equipment, analytical instrumentation, scientific instruments, and bio-related products as well as industrial equipment, electronic devices, and electronic and industrial materials.

Sato D.,Tokyo University of Science | Kitamura H.,Tokyo University of Science | Sato D.,EERC | Sato T.,Tokyo University of Science | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Structural and Construction Engineering | Year: 2014

Structural control devices are widely implemented in order to reduce the seismic response of buildings. These devices are typically categorized as hysteretic dampers and viscous dampers. Generally, a structure employs only one of these two dampers; however, in recent years, a case has been made for using both dampers simultaneously in order to improve seismic performance. For the quantitative evaluation of seismic performance, a prediction method based on energy balance has been proposed in the past studies. However, the existing method cannot be adapted to response control structures composed of two types of dampers. This study proposes a solution to this problem by establishing the theory relating to vertical distribution. Furthermore, a wide range of ground motion characteristics are investigated by using f-value for an energy evaluation of ground motion. The proposed prediction method is validated by comparing its results with those of time-history analyses. In addition, the effectiveness and applicability of using both dampers are verified using the proposed method.

Okazaki T.,Hokkaido University | Matsumiya T.,Kinki University | Nagae T.,EERC | Fukuyama K.,EERC | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Structural and Construction Engineering | Year: 2013

Two full-scale steel moment-resisting frames were constructed and tested at E-Defense to examine the performance of high-rise buildings subjected to long-period ground motions. Frame 1 adopted typical design and detailing from the 1970's employing both field- welded and shop-welded details for the moment frame connections. Frame 2 was identical to Frame 1 except that all connections were field-welded and upgraded using three strengthening methods. A number of connections in Frame 1 fractured during a simulated long- period motion. No damage was observed in Frame 2 until the same motion was repeated multiple times. The performance of field- welded connections in existing high-rise buildings and the effectiveness of upgrade methods are discussed.

Nakagawa M.,Tokyo University of Science | Sato D.,Tokyo University of Science | Nagae T.,EERC | Kitamura H.,Tokyo University of Science | Sano T.,Obayashi Corporation
AIJ Journal of Technology and Design | Year: 2013

According to the past researches, the structural damage of high-rise steel building when subjected to long-period ground motions is characterized by the concentration of deformation to beam-column connections. In addition, it is known the field weld connection details tend to have poor deformation capacity. So far, there is no comprehensive data base about beam-column connection details of existing high-rise buildings. This study provides a data base of high-rise steel buildings, focusing on the beam-column connection details.

Kato T.,Tokyo University of Science | Sato T.,Tokyo University of Science | Sato D.,EERC | Kitamura H.,Tokyo University of Science | And 3 more authors.
AIJ Journal of Technology and Design | Year: 2014

In assessing to some structural problems of existing high-rise buildings, it is necessary to comprehend states of that precisely. This study focuses on the components and characteristics of that, and constructs the seismic analysis model on basis of typical specifications, which is investigated by literature survey. The analysis result against long-period ground motion shows two suggestions. One is that the seismic performance of existing buildings may not be weak comparing to current buildings, and the other is that the cumulative damage of beam ends concentrates lower stories.

Wocken C.,EERC | Pansegrau P.,EERC | Aulich T.,EERC
NPRA Annual Meeting Technical Papers | Year: 2010

A discussion covers the challenges of diesel fuel production; renewable oil feedstock chemistry; EERC catalytic hydrodeoxygenation-isomerization technology for conversion of renewable oils to a jet fuel-grade isoparaffin-rich synthetic paraffinic kerosene; availability of renewable feedstock; and refinery integration scenarios. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the NPRA Annual Meeting (Phoenix, AZ 3/21-23/2010).

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