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Clean Energy Technologies Conference scheduled at NDSU

A one-day “North Dakota Energy Symposium: Using Technology to Enhance Clean Energy Production,” hosted by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, is scheduled for Monday, March 5, in the Memorial Union at NDSU. The event will feature leaders in industry, science, technology, government and academia. The program is part of a series to address “A National Roadmap on Advancing Clean Energy Technologies.” The one-day session is sponsored by The Howard Baker Forum, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and NDSU.

Join Hoeven and experts from the national laboratories and the public and private sectors for this one-day symposium focused on opportunities and constraints in energy production. Learn about the role technology can play in enhancing current energy production methods. Experts will discuss opportunities and constraints in current methods of energy production and processing and how high performance computing can enhance these methods.

Conference organizers said capabilities of NDSU’s Center for Computationally-Assisted Science and Technology and high performance computing capabilities of national laboratories could play integral roles in helping energy leaders use computer modeling and simulation to maximize energy production and processing.

Symposium topics will range from oil and gas production to wind energy and transmission issues. Sessions include: Computing in the Bakken, Improving Access to and Maximizing Output from Existing Fossil Fuel Resources Through Modeling and Simulation; Powering the Plains Through High Performance Computing – Making Alternative Energy Mainstream; and Putting the Smart into Smart Grid. Invited speakers include representatives from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Whiting Petroleum, QEP Resources, Xcel Energy, Siemens Energy, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, LM Wind Power Blades, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, NDSU and the University of North Dakota.

Moderators of the expert panel discussions include NDSU faculty Kalpana Katti, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering; Alan Kallmeyer, chair of mechanical engineering; and Kendall Nygard, professor of computer science.

Conference organizers said computational technologies hold the promise to increase production of oil and gas fields, better predict wind farm production and address challenges related to planning and building transmission systems to move energy to market. The symposium will help identify near-term opportunities in government and industry to help create a blueprint for energy planning at the state and federal levels.

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