North Dakota Breaks Ground on Hydrogen Research Facility

April 18, 2006

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven, the state's congressional delegation, and more than 100 people attended the groundbreaking on April 17 of the National Center for Hydrogen Technology facility at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The new 15,000 square-foot facility will allow the university's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) to test fuel cells and vehicles and develop high-temperature materials for use in hydrogen powered vehicles. The state provided $2.5 million, and the City of Grand Forks provided $500,000 for the facility.

In November 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy had recognized EERC as a national center for hydrogen research. EERC has been involved in research involving fossil fuels, renewable energy, and hydrogen for more than 50 years. Hoeven said at the groundbreaking, " "The EERC is a model for our centers of excellence concept, illustrating a successful partnership between business and research that results in high paying jobs and career opportunities for our citizens." For more information, see the governor's April 17 press release.