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DOE Fossil Energy R&D Projects in Michigan


Number of Projects

Total Value*
(Million $)

DOE Share
(Million $)

Job Benefits**

Coal & Power Projects





Oil & Gas Projects





*Includes DOE and private sector cost-sharing

**An average of 28.5 direct and indirect jobs per $1 million in R&D funding is used based on the Department of Commerce's Regional Input-Output Modeling System formula.

Company Advancing State-of-the-Art in SOFC Technology
  • SECA Project - Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, Flint, MI, was awarded a $136.8 million contract (DOE share: $73.2 million) to participate in the Office of Fossil Energy's Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA). SECA is a partnership of government agencies, national laboratories, universities, and fuel cell developers with the goal of dramatically reducing the costs of fuel cells to move them into widespread market use. Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC will demonstrate a five-kilowatt stationary power generation system that will use hydrogen produced from a natural gas reformer. A second activity undertaken by this project will develop a five-kilowatt system for potential mass-market automotive auxiliary power units utilizing hydrogen from reformed gasoline.
Companies and Universities Investigating Methods for Developing Liquid Fuels and Hydrogen from Coal


  • High Flux Membranes for Hydrogen Recovery - REB Research & Consulting in Ferndale, MI is investigating new alloys for use as hydrogen membranes. DOE is providing $2.04 million to this $2.63 million project.
  • Coal-Derived Liquid Fuels - Integrated Concepts & Research Corporation, Sterling Heights, MI is (1) evaluating a cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch (FT) catalyst for converting coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) to high-hydrogen content liquids, and (2)  producing research quantities of high-hydrogen content FT liquids from coal-derived syngas. DOE is contributing $4.34 million to this $5.41 million project.
  • Energy Recovery from Byproduct Glycerol - NextEnergy, a non-profit organization out of Detroit, MI, is developing and evaluating methods by which glycerol, produced as a byproduct during the manufacture of biodiesel fuel, can be utilized as a fuel, either directly or via conversion into a fuel gas or liquid. DOE is contributing $1.84 million to this $3.0 million project.
  • Hydrogen Storage Technology - Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI will design porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to concentrate hydrogen in a practical volume at room temperature and reasonably safe pressures. To help meet the DOE guidelines for use of hydrogen as a fuel, the research will focus on increasing the uptake capacity of MOFs. The researchers will undertake the synthesis and structural characterization of MOFs and apply high throughput sorption measurements to test existing MOFs and to produce tailor-made MOFs. In addition, they will use Raman spectroscopy to examine the mechanism of hydrogen uptake and elucidation of hydrogen sorption sites. DOE is contributing $618,800 to the $794,000 project.
Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnerships Project in Michigan
  • Michigan Basin Carbon Dioxide Storage Field Demonstration - DTE Energy, a member of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership is participating in a field test of a promising technique for storing carbon dioxide in deep underground rock formations located near Gaylord, Michigan. These rock formations are part of the Michigan Basin. The test is one of several being conducted in the Midwest by the Partnership.
University Improving Reservoir Characterization
  • Reservoir Distribution in the Michigan Basin - Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI will summarize and critically synthesize all publically-available data on the geometrical distribution and reservoir quality of dolomitized reservoirs in the Trenton-Black River, Niagaran, and Dundee formations and how they may be related to fractures. Geological models for the 3-D distribution of reservoir facies for different types of dolomite reservoirs will be developed that will provide operators with a means to high-grade exploration, development, and enhanced recovery efforts in a cost-effective manner. DOE is contributing $741,000 to offset the cost of this $1.03 million project.
Michigan Technological University (MTU), Houghton, MI Improving Tools and Demonstrating Technology in Field


  • Field Demonstration Program - DOE is providing $1.46 million of the $4.41 million total value of this project developing and executing a plan to recover oil from an abandoned field. The MTU project team will use an economical and environmentally sensitive plan for recovery of oil in the Vernon Field. The Vernon Field was one of the earliest discoveries in the Michigan Basin, as well as an excellent producer. This project is expected to recover an additional 1.5 million barrels from the field.
  • Seismic Imaging of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs - The objective of this project is to develop, test, and demonstrate a methodology to image the internal architecture and fluid distribution of hydrocarbon reservoirs at extremely fine scale, using crosswell seismic techniques. The improvement in resolution over surface-based seismic surveying is expected to be on the order of one-and-a-half orders of magnitude. The first phase of the project will take place at a dedicated test site straddling a producing reef in northern Michigan. DOE is providing $723,000 of the $903,000 project.
  • An Approach to Recovering Hydrocarbons - DOE is providing $500,000 of the $1.13 million total value of this project to apply a novel drilling and completion approach to the off limit areas of the Antrim Formation in Michigan by using horizontal drilling and open-hole completions.



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