University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND groups to host premiere sustainable energy event next summer

Two UND-based groups—the Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE) program and the Center for Innovation—are organizing the Cleantech 2011 Workshop and Action Summit to be held June 19-21 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Cleantech 2011 is a unique combination of events designed to foster and promote sustainable energy-related technology centers.

“This event will showcase sustainable energy research groups in North Dakota and nearby states. A great deal of technology development is occurring in our part of the country,” said Wayne Seames, professor of chemical engineering in the UND School of Engineering and Mines and director of North Dakota SUNRISE the Program; Seames is the Cleantech event chair.

The National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program and the Red River Valley Research Corridor Coordinating Center are the primary sponsors of Cleantech 2011.

The Cleantech 2011 program includes nationally known expert speakers, breakout sessions, and panel discussions focusing on technology, business development, and energy center development.

Technology-centered sessions will examine the latest developments in renewable fuels, wind/solar energy concentration and conversion, fixed power systems, conservation, and novel energy technologies.

Other sessions will cover establishing relationships with minority serving institutions, partnering with tribal colleges and businesses, and working with national laboratories. Networking sessions and energy center information booths will connect technology development groups with investors and companies interested in clean technology commercialization.


Registration is open for Cleantech 201. Cost: $175 for full, regular participants; $30 for students.

A limited number of fellowships are available for participants from EPSCoR jurisdictions, minority-serving institutions, and tribal colleges. To register for Cleantech 2011 or learn more about participation and sponsorship opportunities, visit

For more information, contact Tiffany Roberts, Cleantech Program coordinator, Center for Innovation, at 777 3132 or

-- Juan Miguel Pedraza, national media relations coordinator, University Relations, 777-6571,

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