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Center for Applied Research & Technology Development

Manufacturing Strategies & Support

  • Testing / analytical / simulation / technical services
  • Computation fluid dynamic modeling (CFD)
  • Mineral process modeling
  • Lean manufacturing and total productive maintenance
  • Prototyping services
  • Environmental characterization and permitting
  • Technology transfer and development
  • Recycled materials

Wood Products Engineering, Development and Outreach

  • Residential and light commercial building systems
  • New product development
  • Advanced composite panel technologies
  • Solid wood modification technologies
  • Wood processing technologies
  • Wood products design
  • Nondestructive evaluation assessment of structures
  • Technology transfer and implementation

Forest Biomaterials & Bioproducts Innovation

  • Hybrid poplar development
  • Forest productivity
  • Sustainable forestry practices
  • Nondestructive quality assessments of forest materials
  • Natural product chemical extraction
  • Chemical modification of natural products
  • Chemical derivatives development

Renewable Energy

  • Biomass processing and conversion
  • Feedstock and energy crop development
  • Energy storage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Solar energy
  • Geothermal energy

Minerals Exploration & Development

  • Iron ore development and recover
  • Minerals exploration
  • Non-ferrous and precious metals development
  • By-product recovery
  • Environmental remediation
  • Environmental management
  • Precambrian Research Center
Ore mines

CARTD Research Spotlight

Abandoned mines hold potential to capture wind energy

Minnesota’s Iron Range is pocked with ponds — abandoned open pit mines — that could help energy providers more efficiently use intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind, to meet state renewable energy mandates. A study released Friday by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute shows that the water-laden pits have the potential to store wind energy using a process developed in Europe in the late 1800s.

The pumped-hydro storage process would use excess late-night wind energy to pump water uphill from the pits to a higher-elevation holding pond. Then, when electricity demand goes up during the day, the process reverses the flow and captures the energy in hydro turbines. For every 100 megawatts used to pump the water upward, the plant generates nearly 80 megawatts through the turbines.

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