Hoeven Announces Funding to UND to Extract Critical Minerals from Coal

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $150,000 and an option for up to $2 million for a feasibility study to the University of North Dakota (UND). This grant will be used to generate conceptual designs to extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal, as well as coal by-product sources, to support the nation’s energy and electronics industries. UND will partner with DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to advance this project. 

“This grant from DOE will support UND’s efforts to extract critical minerals from North Dakota’s abundant coal reserves, which will lessen our reliance on imports of rare earth elements and enhance our economic and national security,” said Hoeven.