The Colorado Mesa University Unconventional Energy Center today announced funding for six projects to help the community position itself as an epicenter for energy innovation.
In response to the “bottom up” economic development plan developed by hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations in 2011, CMU established the Unconventional Energy Center in 2012. A $1.6 million grant from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District was matched 100% by CMU, creating a $3.2 million endowment to fund applied research and workforce development projects that help move the community toward this goal.
Two committees manage the Center’s endowment — the Applied Research Committee and the Workforce Development/Curriculum Enhancement Committee. Each committee consists of eleven members with diverse experience in the community and the unconventional energy realm. Both committees launched competitive requests for proposals in November 2012 to solicit projects consistent with the mission of the Center. Eight proposals were received and six projects were funded.
“This project has been of, by and for our community from the beginning,” noted CMU President Tim Foster. “This Center has worked very hard to identify good projects that open doors for students while making progress in the unconventional realm for our community.”
The Unconventional Energy Center Applied Research Committee announced funding for the following projects:
- NanoCoatings, Inc., Hydraulic Fracturing pump parts erosion control research: $25,531
- Dr. Sally Potter-McIntyre, CO2 sequestration, enhanced oil recovery and geologic formation research: $24,718
- Dr. Rex Cole & Dr. Bill Hood, Mancos Shale formation research: $17,761
The Unconventional Energy Center Workforce Development/Curriculum Enhancement Committee announced funding for the following projects:
- John McConnell Math and Science Center Energy, Science & Policy Program: $30,000
- Young Entrepreneur Academy: $5,000
- CMU Center for Local Government, Energy & Environment Symposium: $10,000
For more information about the CMU Unconventional Energy Center, visit: www.coloradomesa.edu/energy